Coach. Speaker. Author. Educator. Minister.
EDUCATION: (M.A., M.Div., B.A.)
Gonzaga University - Master of Arts in Communication and Organizational Leadership, 2010 - Master's Thesis: "Blessed are the Peacemakers: Exploring Transformative Mediation's Potential for Local Congregations" 4.0 GPA, Summa Cum Laude
Nazarene Theological Seminary - Master of Divinity, 2000 - NTS Student Association President (2x), 3.86 GPA, Magna Cum Laude
Mount Vernon Nazarene University - Bachelor of Arts in Religion, 1996 - Student Government President, 3.64 GPA, Cum Laude
EXPERIENCE: Ministry, Professor, and Communications
2017 - Present: Interim Lead Pastor, Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene
2016 – Present: New Works Coordinator (vision casting & implementation for new churches) Kansas City District, Church of the Nazarene
2011 – 2016: Lead Pastor: Shawnee Church of the Nazarene – Shawnee, Kansas
2003 – 2011: Associate Pastor of Discipleship: Bethany First Church of the Nazarene - Bethany, Oklahoma
1997 – 2003: Associate Pastor of Outreach and Youth: Overland Park Church of the Nazarene - Overland Park, Kansas
1993 - 1996: Youth Pastor: West Broad Church of the Nazarene - Columbus, Ohio
2017: Director of Client Engagement (recognition, business development, and communication) Paolini Garment Company - Kansas City, MO.
2017 – Present: CLASSROOM Professor (Communications) Rockhurst University – Kansas City, MO.
2011 – Present: ONLINE Professor (Public Speaking, Mass Communications, Organizational Communication) Southern New Hampshire University – Manchester, New Hampshire
2012 – Present: CLASSROOM Professor (Religion Department) Mid-America Nazarene University – Olathe, Kansas
2013 – 2015: ONLINE Professor (Religion Department) Mount Vernon Nazarene University – Mount Vernon, OH.
2008-2011: CLASSROOM Professor (Religion Department) Southern Nazarene University – Bethany, Oklahoma
Professional Achievements & Certifications
- YB12 Classic & Corporate Coach (proven programs for overcoming procrastination, becoming more productive, and living your best life)
- Author: Beyond Self (modern rendition of Thomas a’Kempis’ “Of the Imitation of Christ”)
- Author: The Duty of Constant Confession (chapter in the book “Renovating Holiness”)
- Prepare & Enrich Trainer: pre-marital, marriage, and parenting counseling
- Facilitative Mediation: certified in mediation and conflict resolution
- Clifton Strengths Finder: “Successful Strengths Coaching” 2-day course
Born and raised in Columbus, OH - I come from a devout Italian Roman Catholic family. Along the way, I found a deeper relationship with Jesus in a local Church of the Nazarene. That shaped my calling to ministry and my educational journey at MVNU (1996) & NTS (2000). I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
I love meeting people in all walks of life and have a desire to help people in a variety of ways - as a coach, speaker, author, educator, and minister. This led me to pursue further education in Communications and Leadership. I'm from a large Italian family, so I've been "communicating" my whole life (with hand gestures)! My Top 5 Gallup Strengths: Strategic * Futuristic * Communication * Activator * Woo & Myers-Briggs: ENFP - are factors in my love for people & communications.
My life includes a variety of communication - social media, print, video, interpersonal, public speaking, teaching, blogging, and writing. My published writing work includes an update of books 1 & 2 of Thomas a' Kempis' "Of the Imitation of Christ" titled BEYOND SELF: THE IMITATION OF CHRIST and a chapter in RENOVATING HOLINESS titled: The Duty of Constant Confession.
When I'm not speaking in public, ministering, or teaching as an adjunct college professor - I'm husband to my wonderful wife, Stefanie - who is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene & a Corporate Chaplain for Marketplace Ministries. We love to spend time with our 11 nieces and nephews (the rest of our family isn't so bad either)! We have a Cavachon (dog) named Jasper Fforde. Best of all, on St. Patrick's Day 2017 we welcomed our firstborn, Evelyn Renee, into the world.
We reside in the Kansas City metro area and are Sporting KC, Royals, Chiefs, & OKC Thunder fans. We enjoy spending time outdoors as well as in the theater/arts community. I'm a big fan of the TV show and the comic book "The Walking Dead" as well as anything that Bear Grylls does. I am 100% a fan of The Ohio State University.