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. Since February 2013 I have worked at Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University: until 2016 as Archives Specialist and since then as Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and Assistant Professor of Library Science.
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 as teachers, and I served as deacon, in the education ministries at Smyrna Church of Christ outside of Nashville. We teach regularly in the children’s, youth and adult education ministries at University Church of Christ, Abilene, TX. Laura serves on the youth ministry committee and I co-chair the adult education committee.
I am a graduate of Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) with degrees in Biblical studies (BA, MA and MDiv) and the University of North Texas (Denton, TX) in Library Science and Archival Studies (MLS).
My research and writing interests center in the broad areas of Biblical theology, Nashville Churches of Christ, Christian history, and Stone-Campbell studies. 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.