I have a ThD in Theology and taught at Concordia from 1994-2022. My area of research is Roman and Late Antique archaeology of the Levant. I was director of the Northeast Insulae Project at Hippos of the Decapolis from 2002-2021 in partnership with the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa.
Although field work is finished, I still have much to write about from my twenty years working on Hippos. So, I am especially pleased to have been appointed as an associate fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem for 2022-2023. I will be expanding on my research about Late Antique church architecture in the region and its applicability for understanding the history of Christianity at Hippos. I also look forward to meeting with colleagues from the Hippos Expeditions to plan a new volume on archaeological, liturgical and regional information from the Late Antique period at Hippos. Follow my endeavors on my blog here or at
A new way to teach
After teaching for 28 years, I am leveraging my experience to build a hybrid tutorial site on topics of continuing interest.
I have added a Moodle server to my website collection and I am learning its intricacies.
My first venture is:
The Basics of Biblical Greek.
With Sam Deressa and the help of the Hoffmann Initiatives, we are starting: Global South Theological Publications.
We will publish books and articles from the Global South which are of seminal importance for the church today.
Our first project is to launch the Global South Theological Journal.
Biblical and Theological Studies
University Honors Program in litteris fideque
- Messiah Lutheran Church, St. Louis, from 1983-1987
- Peace Lutheran Church, Glidden, IA, from 1990-1994
- Jehovah Lutheran Church, St. Paul, 2020, vacancy pastor
- Archive of worship in the time of a pandemic