DIRECTOR OF HONEYROCK, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION AND MINISTRY
On Staff since 1990
Phone: (715) 479-7474, ext. 204
- Ph.D. in Education, Biola University, 2011
- M.A. in Educational Ministries, Wheaton College, 1990
- B.S. in Exercise Science, Wheaton College, 1987
I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and graduated from Wheaton College in 1987 with a degree in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology. I am married to Jackie, a 1990 Sociology graduate from Wheaton, and we have four kids: Jacob, Ben, Eli, and Grace. All of my children have deeply benefited from their times as HoneyRock campers. I serve as the Director of HoneyRock.
I grew up in a Christian home and have known and followed the Lord for as long as I can remember. There were crucial experiences and relationships in my life, many of which happened at camps, in which my understanding and love for the Lord were deepened and grew. The most critical contributors to my growth in Christ have been relationships with older, wiser believers, being a husband and dad, and involvement in the ministry of the Church. Being a husband and dad is one of God's greatest blessings in my life.
I love working at HoneyRock and Wheaton College because my passion is to develop leaders for the Church worldwide. I love to see young people and emerging adults recognize God's creative touch on their lives and discover how He has gifted and called them to be part of His work in the world. I love to see students and campers grow in character and commitment through working together with others to overcome challenges and build authentic communities. The natural setting of HoneyRock is a great place for this to happen, free from the noise, distractions and busyness of the suburban and urban world.
- CE 131 Introduction to Spiritual Formation: Wheaton Passage
- CFM 521 Personal Spiritual Formation
- CFM 662 Theology and Practice of Outdoor Adventure Leadership
- CFM 663 Leadership Development in Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Membership in Professional Societies
- Christian Camp and Conference Association
- Association of Experiential Education
- Society for Professors in Christian Education
- Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
I specialize in the following areas of research:
- Adventure-based Orientation Programs and the transition to college
- Role of Experiential Education in Higher Education
- Theological Philosophical Foundations of Adventure-based Outdoor Ministry
- Leadership Development especially in Emerging Adults
- CCCA bi-monthly journal (regular contributor)
- Christian Camp and Conference Association National Conferences in U.S.A.
- Christian Camping International National and Regional Conferences in India, Spain, Latin America, and Russia (2012-present)
- CCCA Regional Conferences in Northwest, Northeast, and Midwest.