I began my writing career as an advertising copywriter and aspiring screenwriter but God had other plans for me. After I told the story of how I came to faith in my first book, Baptism by Fire, all my gifts from then on—for language, creative problem solving, leadership, gathering—were redirected into serving Christ. During the season when my children were young this meant teaching creative writing and Junior Great Books, (and chairing a lot of meetings). As I grew in my faith, my desire to help remove obstacles and create entry points for others grew, too. This compelled me to create an original, arts-based vespers called The Renaissance Service (TM), organize/lead retreats at a high desert monastery, write the books The Pitcher’s Mom and Elijah & the SAT, and continuously expand my life of prayer and study.
Fifteen years into my walk with the Living God, I had the opportunity to pursue an MA in Theology at Concordia University, Irvine, which I completed in 2013. Born of that remarkable season of deep study and conversation was a new partnership with a classmate: a company we call icktank—short for “ichthus think tank.” Loaded Words: Freeing 12 Hard Bible Words from Their Baggage was our first co-authored book. Icktank Press also released a user-friendly version of my thesis work—Man Turned in on Himself: Understanding Sin in 21st-Century America— and happy are those, my palm-sized, “backpack apologetic” guidebook that helps talk through some of the very real and stubborn obstacles that stand between thoughtful people and the idea of a creator God.
In 2014, I was sent out to begin a new season of urban missionary work. This included the active replanting work at my home church, HOPE L.A.. Over the past six years our tiny “ragtag” team of empowered lay leaders has become something of an outpost for ministry in the West Adams neighborhood, living out our Call as the priesthood of all believers. This includes launching HOPE Kitchen to provide a fresh, hot meal every Sunday morning for all our neighbors, and starting the LOVE RISES Community Choir. In 2018, I began a formal course of study in Christian Formation and Spiritual Direction (CFDM), becoming a certified spiritual director.
In the days just before I entered that program, I started “hearing songs.” This would ultimately lead me to find—or, rather, recognize—the perfect teacher (Phil Cordaro) who guided me thru an intense year of learning piano, music theory, composition, notation and more so I could birth these songs. Life in the Key of God, is the fruit of that remarkable year, and of a lifetime of friendships with so many talented souls. 2021 is already bursting with new music—stay tuned!
Thank you for following along as I delight in my vocation of creating, writing, gathering, speaking, leading, teaching, praying, listening, following, and raising up the next generation of those who will carry within them the Eternal Flame.
Soli Deo Gloria
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