Statement of Faith
First off, let me assure you I am a Christian and a Jesus-follower. Beyond that I try not to let my personal beliefs and doctrines color the lessons. I'm human, of course, and I have pretty strong opinions, but it's important to me that you be able to decide for yourself what you believe and why you believe it.
So, yes, I believe in the Holy Trinity, but it's far more important what you believe than what I believe.
How I Teach
I think Scripture is a great way to explore the depths of God. I want to give you the information, the tools, and the confidence you need to dive into Scripture on your own.
I am honest and forthright. If I say something that's my personal opinion, I'll tell you that. If I say something is scriptural, I'll back it up so you can see for yourself.
I do make mistakes. I try to correct them at the beginning of the next class. And I've discovered that my perspectives have changed over the years. If I taught some of these classes again now, I might teach them differently. In fact, I'd be pretty worried about any teacher whose views have not changed over time. That would indicate a calcification that can't be healthy!
So know that you don't have to agree with me in order for these classes to be helpful to you. My goal is to equip you to dig into Scripture on your own...to open the door for your faith to evolve too.
I am an ordained minister (not a mail-order one) splitting my time between teaching and providing pastoral care to real people. I hold a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
I'm a relatively smart cookie. I'm a National Merit Scholar, a Mary Gibbs Jones Scholar, and a CPA. I had a long career in banking. When I left, I was a Managing Director in the Investment Bank Finance function at the worldwide headquarters of JPMorgan Chase in New York City.
My background is ecumenical, having spent time in most Christian traditions in the USA including the Church of Christ, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, Assemblies of God, Presbyterian, non-denominational, interdenominational, emerging church, and the contemplative and charismatic traditions.
I love church. I love people. And I can speak pretty much any denominational dialect you can throw at me. It gives me a great perspective on the beliefs that are unique in each of these traditions.
But in the end, I love God. And I want to share this love and excitement with you.