I am a native North Carolinian, born and raised in the Triangle area of central North Carolina. I currently live in Birmingham, Alabama with my wife, Casey, and our two boys, Ezra and Pax. I am a Duke alum, completing my undergraduate, seminary, and doctoral training there.
I teach at Samford University, where I serve as Visiting Assistant Professor of Worship and Music and Associate Director for the Center for Worship and the Arts. Before that, I taught church history and worship at Duke Divinity School as an adjunct professor. I also occasionally teach workshops on worship leading, songwriting, and audio production for the church at various conferences. I served as Music Director at Christ Community Church in Chapel Hill, NC from 2005-2015, and as Director of Worship at All Saints Anglican Church in Durham, NC from 2016 to 2018.
new songs and retune old ones for the benefit of the church. As a writer, I research and write on contemporary worship music and occasionally contribute to popular publications like Christianity Today. I'm currently working on a book on the cultural history of contemporary worship music in modern America.
My research skillset has taken me beyond Christian worship and church history. For three years, I served as a clinical researcher in the ICU at Duke University Hospital. Our studies revolved around improving goals of care, decision making, and psycho-social interventions for ICU survivors and their families. I also served as the Project Manager for the Visual Faith Project at Vibrant Faith Ministries, a Christian non-profit that provides coaching, consulting, and resources for developing vibrant, intergenerational ministries in local congregations.