Since 2005, I have served as Lead Pastor of Discovery Christian Church in Broomfield, Colorado, an innovative and entrepreneurial church that has grown from 150 to more than 900 in weekly attendance. The church intentionally welcomes spiritual seekers and skeptics and is passionate about partnerships that break the local and global poverty cycle.
I cut my teeth on leadership anxiety when I served as a chaplain at a level one trauma hospital. The hospital sent us into every conceivable human experience and we had little but our wits and the presence of God to get us through. In that baptism of fire, I learned how to pay attention to what was going on under the surface of my own life, and also notice the dynamics between family members I served and came away with a unique experience of managing anxiety to deepen my leadership capacity.
I have also served at a mega church in Las Vegas, on a ranch for teens struggling with life issues, and as a youth minister in the Appalachian region.
I have sixteen hundred hours of supervised ministry in Clinical Pastoral Education and I hold a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. My thesis focused on the Hebrew Scriptures’ dignity laws in Leviticus and Exodus. I encourage churches to consider ways they can tithe their property for the chronic needs of their communities. I loves leaders and have a particular concern for church leaders and their ongoing health.
I was privileged to grow up in Perth, Western Australia, in an adventurous family of origin. After moving to the United States for theological study, I married Lisa and together we have two sons and a daughter, in whom I takes great delight. When I am not working, you can find me laughing with my family, knee-deep in a trout stream, or trying a guitar I cannot afford at a local music store.
My topics for leaders focus on learning to “think about the way you think” and getting from stuck to unstuck as well as some of the more classic church leadership topics such a preaching, change management and soul care. For the wider Christian audience, I write theologically informed reflections.
Before joining Discovery Christian Church (www.dc2.me) in 2005, I served as a hospital chaplain, a counselor to at risk teens, a crisis interventionist and an associate pastor.
I love to hear from readers and do my best to scratch where we’re itching.