I am a scholar, author, and speaker living in Denver, CO.
I teach at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where I am Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and New Testament Studies. My courses include introductions to the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the first 600 years of Christianity, plus courses on biblical exegesis, ancient Christian practices, and various periods of the history of Christianity.
I am the author of two books. My most recent book, Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the 'Parting of the Ways,' was published by Routledge in 2018. It uses material objects to tell the story of early Christianity and ancient Judaism as they "parted ways" and became two distinct traditions. This book uses materialist theories of religion, critical race theory, and intersectionality to rethink ancient lives. An earlier book, Foucault's Heterotopia in Christian Catacombs: Constructing Symbols and Spaces in Ancient Rome, is a revision of my doctoral dissertation. It describes the Christian catacombs of Rome as sites of protest, accommodation, and resistance.
I am ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and I have over fifteen years of ministry experience in United Methodist and United Church of Christ congregations. I am currently part-time Teaching Minister at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Englewood Colorado.
I am a frequent teacher, presenter, and preacher at events around the Denver area and around the country.