I am Director of OBU at New Life Church and Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Ouachita Baptist University.

(B.A. Ouachita Baptist University; M.A. Wheaton College Graduate School; Ph.D. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

Beyond that, I am active in Christian publishing. My first book, The Strategically Small Church, was a finalist in the 2010 Leadership Book Awards. My second book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, co-authored with Randy Richards, was named a Hearts and Minds best-of for 2012. I have also written for Leadership, Christianity Today, Relevant, and the Out of Ur blog.

Another industry I wacademics. I have a BA from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA from Wheaton College Graduate School, and a PhD in historical theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where I am on the editorial board for Trinity Journal. I actively publish and present academic papers in the field of early American religious history.

My favorite role is as husband to the beautiful and talented Amy O’Brien and father of Jamie and Eliza.

My passion in writing and speaking is to bring these several spheres—Christian publishing, academics, ministry, and personal formation—into fruitful conversation.