Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (2015-present)
CSNTM is an organization started by one of my professors, Daniel B. Wallace. Its purpose is to seek out and digitize ancient Greek New Testament manuscripts to both preserve them from loss and allow scholars easier access to images via the internet. My involvement has been twofold. First, in June of 2015 I went on a three week trip to help CSNTM digitize the Greek New Testament manuscripts at the National Library of Athens. We worked in two-man teams, with one person running the computer which controlled the camera, and one person holding the manuscript on the copy stand. Go here for details. This was an amazing trip. The opportunity to see and hold 800-year-old manuscripts was very special. After hours and on the weekends we took touring trips, including a day trip down to Corinth. My second involvement is helping to transcribe a few pages of our oldest manuscript of Paul’s letters (P46) for a future publication (to see images of this manuscript, go here). This involves carefully looking at images of the manuscript and writing out exactly what letters are on each line. This is then compared to the work of other team members to insure accuracy.
Dallas Theological Seminary (2010-Present)
Over the last five years I have been employed by DTS in a variety of part-time capacities. I graded at different times for three different New Testament classes: New Testament Introduction, Intermediate Greek Grammar, and Exegesis of Romans (2010-2014). I was also a Greek tutor for one year, working with students one-on-one and in groups (2012-2013). Most recently, I have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant for multiple sections of our Evangelism online class (2013-present).
Northwest Bible Church (2009-Present)
We have been attending NWBC for six years, and have been members for nearly as long. We have been involved in various ministries over the years. My wife Kailoni teaches children’s Sunday school every week. I have been involved in a variety of capacities. In the 2010-2011 school year I completed a DTS internship in the Outreach Department, where I helped with various events, coordinated the church’s ESL tutoring program, and worked with our refugee ministry. Since 2012 I have been teaching an adult Sunday School class of about thirty people. Beyond this I have preached a few times in our African Refugee service, once in the young adult service, and once in the main church service.
Churches with Upward Sports™ Programs (2009-present)
In 2001 I learned to use a large paintboard as a method of sharing the gospel. While I first used it in the context of open-air evangelism in Chicago, I eventually realized that it was also an effective method for evangelism within churches. Since 2009 I have been traveling to various churches to speak at the award ceremonies of their Upward Sports™ seasons. Upward Sports™ is a ministry that exists to help churches in local outreach, and I have been privileged to speak at numerous churches in a handful of states, with crowds as small as 50 and as large as 1200 or so. Before moving to Dallas, I was the director of our church’s Upward Basketball season–as well as a coach–so I have particular fondness for the program. This has only been heightened now that three of our kids are able to play, which they do at a church here in Dallas. For more info, go here.
DTS Student Journal (2011-2014)
For three school years I oversaw a rotating team of writers, editors, and designers to plan, write, edit, and publish the DTS student paper, The DTS Student Journal. The paper was having difficulties getting issues published before I took over, and together my team was able to get it back on a regular schedule. I worked closely with the Dean of Students to help the paper align with school goals, and it was a lot of fun.
Lake Superior Christian Church (2005-2008)
After graduating from Moody Bible Institute and getting married, I returned to Michigan to work at my home church, Lake Superior Christian Church. My position was Associate Minister of Outreach and Involvement, which put me officially in charge of outreach and assimilation. This church ordained me on August 28, 2005. These were very enjoyable years, and I learned a lot about ministry from my own successes and failures, as well as from the senior staff.
In terms of outreach, I helped follow up with church visitors, planned and executed church wide outreaches, and directed our church’s Upward Sports™ ministry. For involvement, I was in charge of new member assimilation, and I developed and taught regular new members classes.
Beyond these areas, I served as the primary backup preacher, preaching twelve or so times a year. I also performed all the typical associate duties such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, and pastoral counseling. I was also in charge of our young adult group, and I taught a weekly college age Sunday School class.
Ministries while at Moody Bible Institute (2001-2005)
During my years at Moody Bible Institute, I was involved in a variety of ministries. Chief among them was Student Outreach, Moody’s open-air evangelism team. We had three teams go out every week, each with about twenty team members. Wednesday afternoons and Friday nights doing adult outreach downtown, and Saturday mornings doing children’s outreach in nearby Cabrini Green. Kailoni and I were involved in this ministry for all four years we were at Moody. My roles included preacher (4 years), team leader (3 years), preacher-trainer (3 years), vice-president (1 year), and president (2 years).
I also performed for two years with Ad Vivum, Moody’s traveling evangelistic drama team. Beyond acting in the group, I also served as the group’s chaplain and often presented a gospel message at the conclusion of our programs. I also acted with a comedy improv group called Informal. Other ministry involvements included one year serving as my dorm floor’s spiritual representative, and two years on the Dean of Students chapel advisory committee.
Ministries during High School
At the age of sixteen, God called me to pastoral ministry. This coincided with our return to the USA from living in Indonesia, and upon our return we immediately got involved at Lake Superior Christian Church. The youth pastor took me under his wing, and over the next two years I was able to help with various kinds of youth ministry. This included some preaching and evangelism–particularly as part of a Christian band. During my last year of high school, I also completed an informal internship with our senior pastor, who helped me think through a variety of issues and brought me along on various ministry opportunities.
Additional Experience, Training, and Memberships
- Member of the Evangelical Theological Society; presented two papers at the Southwest Regional Meetings (2012, 2013), and one paper at the national meeting (2012)
- Member of the Society for Biblical Literature
- Certified in the use of the Prepare-Enrich marital counseling program
- Completed an academic internship with DTS professor and CSNTM director, Daniel B. Wallace (2011–2012)
- Graduated from the (now defunct) Focus on the Family Institute, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Summer 2003)
- Completed Child Evangelism Fellowship’s semester-long class, “Teaching Children Effectively I” (2003)
- Completed a ten day evangelism training program in Boston, MA with Open Air Campaigners, a missions organization specializing in open-air evangelism (2002)
- Went on a two-week Moody Bible Institute study trip to Israel (2003)