Hi. I'm Jeff. I'm ordained in the United Church of Christ and have been a local church pastor for 13 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Heidelberg University and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary.  I am also certified as a spiritual director through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University.

My first book, Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spiritual Direction for the Everyday, released in March 2016 through Noesis Press. My second book, Wonder and Whiskey: Insights on Faith from the Music of Dave Matthews Band, released in June 2018.

My third book, Prayer in Motion: Connecting with God in Fidgety Times, is also set to release sometime in 2018.

My writing has also appeared at New Sacred, the Christian Century blogThe High Calling, the Shalem Institute blog, and The Englewood Review of Books.

Generally, you'll find three themes on this blog:

Ministry - As a local church pastor, I often muse either on my own experience in that role or on where I think the 21st century church is headed.

Spirituality - I have an interest in spiritual practices and occasionally share liturgy that I've written. If you'd like permission to use something, just let me know.

Pop culture - I sometimes explore where faith themes may possibly intersect with books, movies, TV shows, and music. A few times a year--May, August, and December--I share a brief roundup of what I've been reading, watching, or hearing lately.

I also post links to any content I contribute elsewhere.

The views expressed here are my own, and not those of my church or my denomination.

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