I'm the lead pastor of FBC St. John in St. Louis and I love the work God has given me! I love Christ and His bride, the church and consider it a great joy and privilege to serve in the local body. If there is any specific task underneath this broader umbrella of being on mission for God that gets me excited, it's preaching. When I preach, I desire to exposit like John MacArthur, deliver it in the structure of Bryan Chapell with the passion of John Piper and the gentleness of Alistair Begg.
What you will find on this site is a mix of articles, devotionals, old podcasts and some poetry. Some of my interests and hobbies include reading, writing, running, grappling and watching good movies. My articles have appeared in The Daily Signal, The Gospel Coalition, For The Church, Desiring God, ERLC and elsewhere. I occasionally write for Crossway's Blog Review Program. I've been married for 11 years to a woman better than I deserve and have five wonderful children.
PhD/ThM Student in Biblical Studies & Ethics- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - (My goal is to defend my dissertation by 2022 and to walk in the Spring of 2023!)
MDiv - Covenant Theological Seminary - 2018
BA - Wheaton College - International Relations - 2014
I am also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS).
Research & Writing Interests
I have two major areas of interest. The first is in canonical studies (a topic I will one day write a book on!) and the second is in ethics/apologetics. More specifically, I'm interested in how the general equity of the Old Testament Law can be applied to form a more just society. In my doctoral studies, I'm narrowing in on issues within mass incarceration and overcriminalization though there are several bioethics issues in the arena of IVF that also capture my attention. Sometimes people ask me, "what do you want to do with your PhD when you get it?" That's a good question! My aspiration is to keep my PhD in the pulpit and fulfill a calling in being a pastor and public theologian. I desire to continue to write, but my focus is less academic and more of bridging the world between the academy and the person in the pew.
Veteran Suicide and the Gospel – Workshop presentation at the Churches for Life annual conference. Spring, 2018. St. Louis, MO.
2 Peter in the Canon at the Council of Nicaea – Presented at the Evangelical Theological Society’s Regional Conference. Spring 2018, Grand Rapids, MI. (Runner-up in the student paper competition)
2 Peter and Nicaea - Presented at the Covenant Theological Seminary annual theology conference. Spring 2018. St. Louis, MO.
How to Start a Gospel-Centered Ministry at an Abortion Clinic- Workshop presentation at the Churches for Life annual conference. Spring 2017. St. Louis, MO.
A Christian Ethic of MMA- Presented at the Covenant Theological Seminary annual theology conference. Spring 2017. St. Louis, MO.
The Canon at the Council of Nicaea – Accepted for presentation at the Covenant Theological Seminary annual theology conference. Spring 2016. St. Louis, MO.
Not in the Dock: Proper Use of Evidence in Apologetics – Presented at the Covenant Theological Seminary annual theology conference. Spring 2015. St. Louis, MO.
Sabbath Keeping: Then & Now. Numbers 15:27-36 - Presented at the Covenant Theological Seminary annual theology conference by Paulo Caproni. Spring 2019. St. Louis, MO.