- Calvin University - B.A. in Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies with Honors
- University of Florida - M.A. in Classical Studies
- Calvin Theological Seminary - M.Div.
- University of Florida - Ph.D. in Latin and Roman Studies (candidate)
I am a local pastor and classics scholar. After growing up in Holland, Michigan, I wrestled during my college and graduate school years with how to balance my interests in ministry and academia. God has led me on a winding road that has often included finding ways to celebrate both aspects of who I am: attending seminary while doing ministry among graduate students and faculty at Michigan State University, completing Ph.D. coursework while serving a congregation in Sioux Center, Iowa, and now teaching as an adjunct instructor at Calvin while ministering to a congregation on the northwest side of Grand Rapids. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, and cheering for the Florida Gators.
In both academia and ministry I am passionate about the ways in which "outsiders" are perceived and embraced (or not, as is far too often the case). My academic research has focused on the narrative construction of identity and I am in progress on a dissertation offering a postcolonial analysis of the History of Alexander the Great by Quintus Curtius Rufus.
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