Like Pamela, I am a Southern California native. I grew up in the Evangelical Christian tradition, and after an epiphany experience at the age of 11, I began the lifelong process of falling in love with God. Since then, I have also done a good deal of yelling at God, crying with God, and wondering where, if anywhere, God was—and I would not trade any of it!
I never thought I would end up in seminary. I earned my bachelor of arts degree in history from Wheaton College (IL) in 2009. Over the next five years, I worked and tried to discern my calling. In 2013, I finally experienced a profound spiritual call, just when I least expected it—I was in the middle of an intensive 7-week program earning certification in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I took a complete career left-turn and applied to seminary.
I have loved my seminary education even more than I expected. As a confirmed nerd, I have a passion for history, theology, and learning languages (especially dead ones!). After earning my M.Div., I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.
The path that led me to co-found Within the Sacred Circle Interfaith Educational Society with Pamela started before I had any idea where it would lead. For the past two years, I’ve had the great and unexpected blessing of being a part of a Muslim-Evangelical Christian interfaith group. I treasure my friends and mentors in this group—people of both faiths—who have given me much love. I have had the opportunity to learn about Islam through friendships with Muslims, and in the process, I have found my own faith growing, strengthening, and changing. I begin to see that, like the biblical proverb that says, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” when we come together as people of different faiths, we sharpen each other. We help each other to love the Divine, to love each other, and to become the best people that we can be. I cannot wait to meet all of the people this new community will bring together—I hope you’ll join us!