I’m the author of two books, as well as a speaker, editor, consultant, and community advocate.
On this site I explore creativity, the writing life, and productivity for other people like me—the dreamers, the distractible, the multi-passionate, the Type Bs, artists and romantics, the expert amateurs and the amateur experts.
I am the co-author of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (2014) and Besides the Bible: 100 Books That Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture (2010), both from InterVarsity Press. Slow Church draws inspiration from Slow Food and the other Slow movements to re-imagine how local churches can be more faithfully rooted in the place and pace of their neighborhoods. The book received a coveted starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, as well as glowing feature-length reviews from Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Sojourners, and many other publications.
I write, speak, and consult regularly on topics related to faith, culture, neighborhood flourishing, and the church. I launched The Resourceful Community in August 2015 with the goal of connecting community leaders to the resources of community flourishing.
Formerly the Managing Editor of CONSPIRE Magazine and Deputy Editor of the Burnside Writers Collective, my essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in RELEVANT, Books & Culture, the Englewood Review of Books, and in other newspapers and magazines around the country. I’m also a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.
I’ve been a guest speaker at more than 75 events since June 2014. This includes conferences, retreats, churches, and at colleges and universities around the country.
From 2007 to 2011, I was the cofounder and lead writer for Cascadia Resource Consultants (CRC), a grant writing and funding development company. In four years, CRC helped secure more than $32.5 million for its clients, including school districts, colleges, universities, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits. After 2011, I served as the grants manager for the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Salem Art Association, and the Silver Falls School District. I have helped fund more than $42 million in grants in my career. I currently serve as a rural community advocate in Oregon and northern California, specializing in an abundance-based approach to nonprofit development, generative conversations, and community engagement.
I live with my wife, Kate, and our two daughters in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley.
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