I offer spiritual direction, coaching (ICF certified ACC), and academic resourcing for Christian leaders, mostly across Africa.
I hold American and Canadian citizenships, but I was born in Switzerland, raised in Congo and Liberia, and worked for more than a decade in Kenya. Since I’ve lived more than half of my life on the African continent, I’d like to believe that my best values reflect the richness and complexity of the different African cultures which have shaped me.
My academic interests include biblical studies (specializing in Luke-Acts), early Christianity and Judaism, spirituality and faith more broadly, social-identity (ethnicity), culture, and missiology–particularly in the African context. Themes of justice, racism, and the sociology of economics are important applied subjects for me. Along those lines, I enjoy hearing and amplifying African, African-American, and other African Diaspora voices, especially for justice and against systemic (and often more subtle) forms of racism created and perpetuated by my own white peoples. Currently, we live in Alsace, France where I am learning how to better support and encourage French-language African scholarship . Through life experience and related study, I’ve learned a lot about neurology–notably ADHD, Aspergers, NLP, and the enneagram.
My PhD dissertation in New Testament from Africa International University incorporated theories of social legitimation, social identity (ethnicity), authorial audience, relevance, narrative, and intertextuality to study “Luke’s Narrative Legitimation of Paul and the Gospel among the Diaspora (Acts 16-19).” Previous degrees are in Bible and theology, religion, and pastoral studies from Wheaton College, Trinity (Deerfield), and Westminster (Philadelphia).
Along the way I’ve been deeply influenced by Ignatian spirituality and other more open forms of contemplative Christianity. I find new developments in the neurosciences, social psychology, and multicultural studies fascinating, particularly for their impact on various experiences and expressions of faith.
My wife Christi (Awaken Coaching) is a Professional Certified Coach with the ICF, a certified facilitator of Brené Brown’s Daring WayTM curriculum, a coach trainer, and also a spiritual director. She specializes in transformational coaching for identity and purpose. We have three kids: one born in Washington DC in 2000, one born in Paris, France 2003, and one born Nairobi, Kenya in 2006.
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