Born and raised in Philadelphia, I am the pastor of Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church in Northeast Philadelphia.
I graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1996, served for five years at Roslyn Presbyterian Church in Abington Township in Pennsylvania. I began serving at Rhawnhurst in September of 2001.
I first caught the Church History bug a few years before going to seminary through reading Christian History Magazine when my father subscribed. While raised in the church, I became a Christian in 1985, just before my senior year of high school, and I was fascinated by what I was learning about following Jesus and about the past of the Christian Church.
My interest has became an important resource and tool over the years as I have wrestled with doing ministry in this new day in the Church, in what some call a post-Christian time, which is curiously looking more and more like the first century. I have found a surer guide in the study of Christian History than many of the voices seeking to influence church practice today.
This blog is a place for me to do the work of guiding my ministry by a study of history, and a place for me to share my findings with others.
Some personal stuff: I am married to the woman I began dating when I was 17 and she was 16, who I met in youth group. We have four daughters from 10 to 18 years old (as of this posting). I enjoy reading, birding, running and drinking coffee.
For the Glory of God,