About

Hi.  I'm Jeff. I'm ordained in the United Church of Christ and have been a local church pastor for over 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Heidelberg University and a Masters 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 writing has appeared in several other places including New Sacred, the Christian Century blogThe High Calling and the Shalem Institute blog.

My passions for church and ministry include spiritual practices, liturgy, 21st century trends, and engaging in mission. I occasionally lead workshops and retreats on the topics of personal spirituality and clergy vitality.

In addition to being a pastor, spiritual director, and writer, I'm also a husband, father, cat owner, musician, dedicated reader, devoted Michigan Wolverine, admitted coffee addict, beginning beer brewer, Magic card collector, LEGO builder, pro wrestling fan, and runner.

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.

Prayer - 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'm one of those pastors who likes exploring where faith themes may possibly intersect with books, movies, TV shows, and music. The last Friday of every month, I share a brief roundup of what I've been reading, watching, or hearing lately.

This blog is an independent ministry. I strive for an honesty here that you probably won't find on The Official Blog of Pastor So-and-So of Such-and-Such Church, and that's the way I like it. The views expressed here are my own, and not those of my church or my denomination.


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Welcome, and thanks for reading.