I am a native North Carolinian, born and raised in the Triangle area of central North Carolina. I currently live in Durham with my wife, Casey, and our two little ones, Ezra and Pax. I am a Duke alum, completing my undergraduate, seminary, and doctoral training there.

I work in several different fields doing several different things. I teach church history at Duke Divinity School as an adjunct instructor. I also occasionally teach workshops on worship leading, songwriting, and audio production for the church.  I served as a music director at Christ Community Church in Chapel Hill, NC for ten years before becoming the Director of Worship at All Saints Anglican Church in Durham, NC.

As a singer/songwriter and producer, I've produced five of my own albums and contributed several songs to Cardiphonia, a national network of songwriters who write 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 writing a book on the cultural history of contemporary worship music in modern America.

When I'm not teaching church history or working on or writing about music, I do clinical research in the ICU at Duke University Hospital. Our studies revolve around improving goals of care, decision making, and psycho-social interventions for ICU survivors and their families.