Office: East Education 102
Title: Department Chair of English & Communications, Assistant Professor of English
Started at Calvary: August 2015
Professional Information: B.A. (Communication Arts), College of the Ozarks, 2009; M.A. (Writing), Missouri State University, 2011; M.A. in progress (Bible and Theology), Calvary University.
Favorite aspect of teaching at Calvary: We don’t just say the Bible is foundational because that’s “the Christian thing to say.” At Calvary, our programs are presented from a biblical worldview because the Bible really is our foundation.
Favorite class to teach: People think I’m kidding when I say I enjoy teaching College Composition, but it’s not a joke. I love turning writing-haters into English nerds—or at the very least, helping students of any skill level master the art of writing for college and beyond.
Originally from: Just down the road. I spent most of my life in the Belton area, but have lived in Washington DC, California, southern Missouri, and China.
How did past ministry/professional experience lead to your position at Calvary: My college composition instructor took me aside after class one day and said, “You need to work at the writing center. You’ve always got a line of students at your desk on peer review days.” That conversation started my career. I spent the next three and a half years tutoring at the college writing center. Upon graduation, I pursued my master’s in composition and rhetoric at Missouri State University, where I designed and taught composition courses as a graduate teaching assistant. God then led me to teach writing for a summer at a trade school, then to teach English in China for a year at a Chinese university. He led me back home to my old high school, Blue Ridge Christian School, where I taught Bible, English, writing, and cartooning until God opened the door for me to serve at Calvary. In my free time, I have run my own tutoring business, been a freelance writer and proofreader, and published two books on writing.
Ministry/Professional involvement outside of Calvary: I continue tutoring and writing. My wife and I attend Open Door Bible Church, where we help with 2s and 3s Sunday school. I serve at NeKaMo Camp over the summer, where my wife is the current director.