A Nashville, TN native, my roots extend to the hills of east Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, central Ohio and West Virginia. My spouse Laura and I now live in Abilene, Texas, with our four children.
A teacher at heart, I’ve pursued this vocation in a variety of contexts. I am currently Assistant Professor of Library Science and Director of Special Collections and Archives, Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University.
In 2011 and 2012 I interpreted late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth century Tennessee history at Historic Mansker’s Station and the Bowen-Campbell Plantation Home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. I was Director of Research Services at Disciples of Christ Historical Society from 2006-2010 and taught Biblical Studies at Ezell-Harding Christian School from 1999-2006.
I was a staff minister at Central Church of Christ, Nashville, TN, teaching and preaching in several capacities from 1996-2008. From 2008-2012 we were active in several ways (and I served as a Deacon) at Smyrna Church of Christ outside of Nashville. We are active at University Church of Christ in Abilene, where I serve as an Elder.
I am a graduate of Lipscomb University with degrees in Biblical studies and the University of North Texas in Library Science and Archival Studies. I am currently researching and writing for the Ph.D. in Church History at the University of Divinity and Stirling Theological College, Melbourne, Australia. I have additional certifications through the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives and Records Administration and the Academy of Certified Archivists. I am active in the Society of American Archivists where I serve on the Steering Committee of the Archivists of Religious Collections Section and participate as a mentor for early-career archivists. Since 2016 I have served as Associate Editor of Restoration Quarterly and as Secretary of the Restoration Quarterly Corporation Board.
My research and writing interests center in the broad areas of bibliography, Nashville Churches of Christ, and Stone-Campbell studies, which I list in full in my CV (linked below). Occasional speaking engagements at churches, schools and conferences afforded me avenues to pursue each of these interests.
About the blog:
A good deal of this blog focuses on my on-going research of the Stone-Campbell Movement (or Restoration Movement). I am deeply interested in how the story of this religious movement intersects Nashville history and culture. That I live and work in Texas does not diminish my research interest in Middle Tennessee, though it sometimes poses spatial and practical obstacles.
Alexander Campbell’s outdoor hexagonal brick study, pictured here, was for him a space sacred for both retreat and study as well as conversation and engagement. The study — or scriptorium if you will — was purposefully lit from above by a skylight: he labored by the conviction that all light comes from above. Here he retreated each morning to pray, to read, to reflect on the ancient scriptures. Here he engaged the ideas of his day. Lastly, here he wrote books, periodicals, essays, sermons, speeches, and debates. From his scriptorium he participated in the larger community of scholarship and ministry.
I’m certainly no Alexander Campbell, yet I’m inspired by his study: what it meant and what it yet means. So eScriptorium is one effort of mine to participate in both the academic and faith communities. I alone am responsible for the content of this blog. Any judgment or opinion expressed herein represents only myself as the sole owner of this blog. I moderate comments according to my own preferences.
Click here for my full Curriculum Vitae