Assistant Professor of Music, Coordinator of Worship Arts
School of Music
- DMA Candidate (University of Colorado, Boulder)
- M.M. Choral Conducting (University of Colorado, Boulder)
- B.A. Music - Vocal Performance (Hamline University)
- Served for thirteen years in the local church as a worship pastor and music director
- Toured with choirs throughout the United States and Europe
- Member of Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda, Pi Gamma Mu
Phone: 303-963-3106I have always had a passion for music and the arts. Though raised in the church and continuously involved in congregational music from an early age, full-time vocational ministry was not one of my 'goals' in life. However, after pursuing a masters degree in music the Lord called me into full-time ministry in the local church. These years serving as a worship pastor proved invaluable and essential to my formation as a Christ-follower and an artist. In retrospect, vocational ministry equipped me for service at CCU. For many years my working life was a blend between church ministry and work as an affiliate faculty member in the School of Music. This period was significant in that it allowed me to transfer the skills, concepts and methods I had gathered serving in the local church to the academic community. My time and experience in church ministry informs everything I do at CCU: teaching in the classroom, directing musical ensembles, discipling students, raising up and training student leaders, and serving alongside other staff and faculty. In many ways I am more of a pastor who teaches than a teacher who pastors.
A few years ago after much prayer and sensing where the Lord was leading, I returned to school to pursue a doctorate degree. The decision required much in the way of sacrifice for my family, but has also provided experiences that have proven significant. Once again, my life evolved into a blending of two distinct worlds. The opportunity to be simultaneously teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder as part of my graduate work and CCU gave a sharp and informative contrast between education on a secular vs. sacred campus. Here again, God used these years to form and grow me as a teacher and disciple, the result of which has continued to inform and refine my work in the CCU community. If we are preparing students to depart from CCU and live and serve 'in the world' as ambassadors of Christ we are wise to understand what the world beyond CCU looks, thinks and acts like as we mentor and teach these 'ambassadors'.
My journey to this faculty position at CCU has been long and rife with twists and turns I would not have intentionally planned myself. In some ways, it has felt inefficient at times. While other colleagues and friends in my field have more rigorously pursued careers in the collegiate choral world and enjoyed the ensuing success, I have meandered through many different pastures. However, God has graciously and uniquely equipped and prepared me through this career menagerie for service in the CCU community. It is with a great sense of excitement that I move into the faculty body in the School of Music. It is an honor to serve in this capacity and a true joy!