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 has 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 came alongside Rev. Dominic Rivkin in his urban missionary work with LINC L.A., which expanded my vision of revealing Christ in the City of Angels immeasurably. This includes the active replanting work at my home church, HOPE L.A.. Over the past four 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.
New seeds are being planted now as I complete my practicum year in Christian Formation and Spiritual Direction (CFDM), and continue to shape the final drafts of a new memoir. I have no idea where either will lead but I continue to delight in this new season of speaking, leading, teaching, praying, listening, gathering, creating, and raising up the next generation of those who will carry within them the Eternal Flame.
Soli Deo Gloria
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