B.Th. in Theology (Ozark Christian College)
M.A. in Biblical Studies (Cincinnati Christian University)
Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies (Asbury Theological Seminary)
My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Watching students grow over the course of their education. Johnson is skilled at transforming uncertain students into mature leaders, and it’s a privilege to watch and be a part of that process.
When I’m not teaching, I love to: Be with my family, do anything involving tools, cook, peruse a graphic novel, and enjoy a cold Mountain Dew.
In my classes, students can expect: Humor, rabbit trails, humorous rabbit trails, and an academic engagement with the material that prepares students for living out a meaningful and effective faith.
My best advice to a new student in my program is: The study habits you learn early on will stay with you throughout your education, so be deliberate about learning the academic skills that will make you successful. No one needs to be the smartest or most knowledgeable person in the room to do well in school. Determination will take you places knowledge and smarts can’t.
Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Passionate about the God revealed in Scripture.
The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: The God described in the New Testament is the exact same God portrayed in the Old Testament. A person can’t truly understand Christianity without understanding its foundation in the Old Testament.
A quote that influences how I live is: “It is not the task of Christianity to provide easy answers to every question, but to make us progressively aware of a mystery. God is not so much the object of our knowledge as the cause of our wonder.” – Kallistos Ware