River City is a vibrant, multiethnic church in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, and our vision is oriented around the 3 pillars of worship, reconciliation, and neighborhood development. Started in 2003, we have always longed to see increased spiritual renewal as well as social and economic justice in both our city and world, demonstrating compassion and alleviating poverty as tangible expressions of the Kingdom of God.
Prior to starting River City, I worked at Willow Creek Community Church for 5 years in Axis, their 20-something ministry. Before that I was in the business world for awhile, including participating in three different technology start-ups in the mid-90’s.
I never planned on being a pastor (God has a sense of humor that way), so my undergrad was in Business from Purdue. It was the HR director of Willow Creek – a guy named Paul Krause – who first called out ministry gifts in me. When the time came to embrace that call I began to pursue formal theological education, and have since earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Moody, a certificate in faith-based community development from Harvard Divinity School, and a DMin from Northern Seminary.
The two books that I have written represent a snapshot of my theological interests. In 10:10: Life to the Fullest, I share my journey of studying Scriptures in search of a more holistic, Biblical worldview. In White Awake, I share my journey to understand the ways in which the historical, social construct of race has advanced an evil and deadly lie about human value, and then which charts out stages for recovering a more Biblically-shaped view of human identity.
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