I’m a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, and a chaplain in the Texas Army National Guard.
I grew up Adventist, but wandered away in college. I graduated from Atlantic Union College in 1984, and did a year of graduate work in church history at Loma Linda University (LaSierra campus), and then received my M.A. in church history (1986) and M.Div. (1989) from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. I also have a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation in ecumenism.
I served as a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor and was endorsed by the ELCA as a chaplain candidate in the Army Reserve and then as a chaplain in the Vermont National Guard. I entered the Catholic church in 1992, served as a parish director of religious education in Watertown, NY, a lay campus minister at UCSB, and then for nine years as Director of Young Adult and Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. In 2007 I returned to my Adventist roots, and, in 2009, I returned to service in the National Guard.
My interests (reflected on this blog) include church history, interfaith relations, and specialized ministries such as military and college chaplaincy. My published writings include “Passionate Blogging: Interfaith Controversy and the Internet,” in J. Shawn Landres and Michael Berenbaum, editors, After The Passion Is Gone: American Religious Consequences (AltaMira, 2004).
And what is a “blog”? Short for “web log,” it is nothing more than that–a log of what I’ve run into on the web, sometimes with some commentary, sometimes not. Sometimes I post some longer articles or sermons, but rarely do I do that these days as I’m too busy. Do I agree with everything linked? Of course not. I don’t expect you, too, either. I was working for the Catholic church when I began this version of this blog in 2007, so some of the posts from January through April of that year chronicle where I was at during that period of my life.