Speaker. Author. Mediator. 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
PUBLIC SPEAKING & MINISTRY EXPERIENCE (23 years)
2011 – 2016: Lead Pastor - Shawnee Church of the Nazarene – Shawnee, Kansas
Preaching, teaching, evangelism, pastoral care, organizational leadership, 400 average attendance total between our Sunday service, Hispanic service, and two preaching points.
2003 – 2011: Associate Pastor of Discipleship - Bethany First Church of the Nazarene - Bethany, Oklahoma
Young adults, small groups, elective classes, & compassionate ministry. 800 children, youth, & adults in weekly small group ministry we began in 2006.
1997 – 2003: Associate Pastor of Outreach & Youth: Overland Park Church of the Nazarene - Overland Park, Kansas
Youth & college, Alpha Course, assimilation, education, & mission trips
1993 – 1996: Youth Pastor - West Broad Church of the Nazarene – Columbus, Ohio
Youth ministry preaching, education, outreach, & discipleship
UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE (8 years)
2011 – Present: Online Professor (Communications) Public Speaking, Mass Comm, Organizational Communication. Southern New Hampshire University – Manchester, New Hampshire
2013 – Present: Online Professor (Religion Department) Corporate Worship Mount Vernon Nazarene University – Mount Vernon, OH.
2012 – Present: Adjunct Professor (Religion Department) Corporate Worship, Church Leadership Mid-America Nazarene University – Olathe, Kansas
2008-2011: Adjunct Professor (Religion Department) Intro to the Bible. Southern Nazarene University – Bethany, Oklahoma
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 minister, teacher, author, educator, and mediator. 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 are the proud parents of a Cavachon (dog) named Jasper Fforde.
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.