Thank you for visiting my site, and perusing some of my thoughts, writings, and so on . . . glad you’re here.
Although I live in the greater Seattle-area and teach missional, contextual & pastoral theology I was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Place matters a great deal to me . . . I love Seattle and the Pacific-Northwest. Together with Lynette, and our son, Pascal we get to live in one of the most beautiful regions of the world, and in one of the more culturally diverse zip codes in Washington state.
Lynette and I moved here in 1996 to pioneer a missional church with a Protestant, Evangelical denomination known as the Christian & Missionary Alliance. The church was called “Quest-A Christ Commons” and was an emerging network of simple churches. I had the privilege of doing life with that faith community until 2007 when my vocational life shifted sightly from pastoring to training parish pastors. These days I have the joy of learning alongside seminary students at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
My vocational life has a few aspects to it.
- I get to teach applied contextual new parish theology @ The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (formerly known as Mars Hill Graduate School) & have guided some Doctoral students in their misisonal work exploring “Semiotics and Future Studies” at George Fox University
- I have coached missional innovators (church planters) & church revitalizers, and am available for consulting to local faith communities and denominations.
- I am active with generative missional networks like Parish Collective, Mesa, TransFORM, and Emergent Village.
- I am also an author, professional speaker & facilitator of learning.
A little more biographical info:
- Earned a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in Leadership in an Emerging Culture at George Fox University under the mentorship of Leonard Sweet, with Kent Yinger as my dissertation adviser. My dissertation explored a relational hermeneutic toward connective church structures and leadership.
- Graduated with a M.A.R. from Trinity International University where I was mentored by Robert E. Coleman, while my thesis adviser was Michael Bullmore. My thesis explored Biblical understandings and images of Christian community.
- I was ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance in June of 1992, but I surrendered my ordination because of this tradition’s commitment to exclude women from ordained ministry.
- My theology, practice and background is Mennonite, with an Evangelical impulse, an Emergent Missional conversational practice, and deeply rooted within place.
- Graduated with a B.B.S. from Ambrose University College now located in Calgary, 1990.
- Attended Capernwary Hall in England, competing a one year certificate program in Biblical studies.
Glimpses into my work life:
- Currently an Associate Professor of Practical Theology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
- Served as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at numerous colleges & seminaries around North America.
- Served as a Spiritual Director.
- Moved to Seattle to start Quest: a Christ Commons – 1996-2007
- Was very active with Willow Creek Community Church while attending graduate school.
- Assistant/Youth Pastor in Billings, Montana – First Alliance Church.
- Interned at Foothills Church in Calgary, AB.
- Interim Youth Pastor at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church in Brandon, MB.
I am a speaker and consultant for churches, denominations, para-church/community organizations, and mission agencies throughout the United States and around the world on issues of contextual ministry, the New Parish, place, postmodern culture, social systems, and missional Christianity.
I am always seeking creative, entrepreneurial, generative ways to join in the hopes, dreams and desires God has for the world. I am passionate about peace-making, interfaith and misisonal-ecumenical conversation, and about communally & personally embodying the Gospel of Jesus Christ in local context(s).