|Autobiography:||ABOUT ME: I graduated from Concordia University in Austin, TX with a degree in Latino Studies and English. I received my M.Div from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. My first call was in urban Philadelphia, PA. |
In my third year, I was approved to be a mission redeveloper and called to serve a transformational congregation in the New Orleans area. I served for nearly three years, until Hurricane Katrina hit, closing the congregation and displacing me to Houston, TX. After serving for a year as an interim associate pastor at a local church, the congregation called me to be a pastor-developer of a new missional community in Cypress, TX, where I have been serving for the past 7 years.
CONTINUING EDUCATION: I attend the Exponential Conference each year in Orlando. I have also attended Catalyst. I have training in transformational/redevelopment ministry as well as mission development. I participated in a week-long community organizer training through Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). Last year I spent two weeks in Spanish immersion study in Mexico. Books I have read that have recently impacted my ministry: Simple Church; Tangible Kingdom; Forgotten Ways; Switch; Influencer; Sacred Cows Make Gourmet Burgers; Missional Renaissance; DiscpleShift; Exponential; Sticky Church; Start This, Stop That; Not Your Parents' Offering Plate; Rich Church, Poor Church; Good to Great...
IN THE COMMUNITY: I serve on the Board of Cy-Hope and have been the Ministry Fair Coordinator for Synod Assembly for the past 5 years. I am active in our partnership with our adopted elementary school (including tutoring, office assistance, and delivering food backpacks on a weekly basis). I have just completed my service on the Houston Lutheran Campus Ministry Board. I have also served as the faith coach for The Missing, and for 5 years was the worship coordinator for the Disciple Project. I am on this year's planning team for the synod's Human Dignity Retreat. I am also active in the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce.
WHAT I DO FOR FUN: Trivia night at the local pub, dinner parties and game nights with friends, traveling, community theatre.