A disciple claimed by Jesus and called to varied responsibilities: brother, husband, father, householder, steward of the scriptures, editor, bookkeeper and analyst, writer, etc.
My faith has been nurtured in the Amish and Mennonite tradition, within which I serve, and enriched by my interest in the church across time, place, and tradition.
My craft training is in residential construction, and my academic training is in philosophy (B.A. Grove City College; M.A., PhD University of Tennessee, Knoxville). I have attempted to broaden those skills through various other endeavors in craft and scholarship, but even in those, my basic training as a carpenter and philosopher shapes what I do.