United Methodist Church (UMC), Diaconal Minister in Christian Education
Discipline or Specialty
Christian Religious Education is a biblically, historically, and theologically grounded discipline that attends to the formation of Christian identity and vocation through growth in the knowledge and practice of faith. My scholarly research focuses on the early Methodist movement and the implications for Christian faith formation in the church today. Two basic questions are the focus of my scholarly work: How do persons become Christian? What is the church's role in making disciples?
Representative Courses Taught
Faith Formation in Wesleyan Tradition (DMin)
Spiritual Formation and Mentoring Relationships
Introduction to Ministry
Ministry Across the Lifespan
Immersions: Native American, New Mexico; Native American, Oklahoma
Youth Ministry in a Technological Age, co-editor with Claire Smith (Philadephia: XLibris Press, 2011).
Formation in Faith: The Congregational Ministry of Making Disciples, (Nashville, Abingdon Press, 2008).
"Loving God and Neighbor in a New Generation," Loving God, Loving Neighbor: Ministry with Searching Youth, and editor (Philadelphia: XLibris Press, 2008).
Rethinking Christian Formation, Religious Education Journal (Spring 2004).
"Vision and Imagination in Transformative Theological Education," Theology Colloquy Journal (Independence, MO: Community of Christ, 2004).
Making Disciples: Faith Formation in the Wesleyan Tradition (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000).