Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Religion and Social Change (Christian Ethics and Patristic History), University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, 2011; Dissertation: “We are Who We Think We Were: Updating the Role of Historiography in Christian Ethics.”
  • M.Div., Emphasis in Historical Theology and Philosophy, Truett Theological Seminary, 2004
  • B.A., Theology and Philosophy (Cum Laude), California Baptist University, 2001
  • Concentration for B.A., Oxford University, Oxford, England, 2000

Research & Scholarship

We are who we think we were: Christian History and Christian Ethics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

Peer Reviewed Journals
“Converting Towards a Christian Ethics of Remembrance,” Kronos Theologica, Special Edition. (Winter, 2014): forthcoming.

“Loosening the Grip of Certainty: A Case-Study Critique of Tertullian, Stanley Hauerwas, and Pacifism,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics” 32 (2013).

Book Chapters
“Ethics, Enforcement and the Prospect of Professionalism,” co-authored with Bryon G. Gustafson, Law Enforcement Ethics: Classical and Contemporary Challenges for the New Millennium. Brian Fitch ed. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2013. 159-179.

“Tertullian,” in Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Theologians from the Margins. Vol. 2. Miguel De La Torre and Stacey Floyd-Thomas eds. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2011. 19-27.

“Restitution,” in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Joel B. Green ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011.

In Process
“Augustine, Bartolome De Las Casas and Slavery,” in Augustine and Social Justice (Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation series). Kim Paffenroth, et. al. eds. Lexington Books. Drafting.

“Option-Based Final Projects for Creative Online Learners,” in Teaching Tactics, Wabash Center. Thomas Pearson, ed. (finalizing edited submission).

Dialogue Across Difference: History, Memory and Ethics in Conversation. Drafting book proposal.

Conference Papers
2014 “A Tradition that Takes Sides: History, Memory, and the Cultural Propitiation of Evil.” Society of Christian Ethics, Seattle, WA (accepted and forthcoming)

2012 “The Injustices of an Outdated Historiography or How Christian pacifism does not translate easily across two millennia.” Society of Christian Ethics, Washington DC.

2011 “Theology, Architecture, and an Ethics of Remembrance.” Rocky Mountain Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO.

2010 “Whose History Counts Amidst a Hurricane of Societal Privilege?” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

2010 “Rereading Tertullian: Postcolonial and Rhetorical Insights for Engaging our World Today.” Rocky Mountain Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Omaha, NE.

2000 “Clement of Alexandria on Faith and Reason.” Faith and Reason Symposium at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford, England.

Awards & Recognition

Awards and Recognition

  • Mary Jo Small Fellowship, Society for Values in Higher Education, 2013
  • Outstanding Student Award, Iliff School of Theology, 2011
  • University of Denver Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship, 2010
  • Truett Theological Seminary Ministerial Scholar Award, 2001
  • Religion Award, California Baptist University, 2001
  • Oxford Honors Program participant, 2000
  • Honorable mention for student paper “Clement of Alexandria on Faith and Reason”, 2000