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 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. 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.
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.
My research skillset has taken me beyond Christian worship. For three years, I served as a clinical researcher 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. In addition to my teaching, leading, and writing on worship, I also serve 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.