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 conferences, churches, and in classrooms from Seattle to Louisville, including recent presentations at the Seattle School for Theology & Psychology, Seattle University, and George Fox University. One of the highlights of a busy season of touring was participating in the closing session of the 2014 Slow Money Gathering (along with the leadership of Slow Money, Slow Food USA, and Slow Food International), and then speaking the next day at the Neighborhood Economics Conference.
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 and the Salem Art Association. I currently serve as the online community manager for the Ford Institute Leadership Program, a rural vitality initiative of The Ford Family Foundation.
I live with my wife, Kate, and our two daughters in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley.
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