About

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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.

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.

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.