BA, Bethel University; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Virginia
“I teach in the Religious Studies Department and specialize in Christianity. One of my aims as a teacher is to open students to the broad and rich thought-life of Christians throughout time and space. My students and I explore the many different Christianities we find across the globe and here in the U.S. It’s amazing just how diverse Christians really are. What’s more—we find that Christianity has profound capacities for self-criticism and change. By studying Christianity in an academic context, students become empowered to engage in our multi-religious world with deep respect for the complexity of religious life.
“I teach courses like Christian Thought; Christian Theology Today; Christian Liberation: Race and Sex; The Pentecostal Explosion; Work, Ethics, and Society; Does Religion Belong in the Hospital?; Feminism in Religious Traditions; and Re-thinking Jesus. In these courses, I take a learner-centered approach. I focus on helping students achieve their particular learning goals and providing opportunities and assistance for them to develop their own reflections and thoughts.”