There exists a “can’t” mentality within our culture.
One that identifies a line between Patriot and Pacifist. A line that cannot be crossed.
The military is inherently evil. | The military is God’s hand of judgment.
Good Christians cannot be Patriots. | God is with America.
The voices on the edge dominate this conversation. Yet despite this “can’t” mentality, there awaits those of us standing in the gap, where Patriot and Pacifist meet and thoughtful dialogue occurs.
As an advocate, I am a bridge between alienating abstractions about war that shape our Christian imaginations and the lived experience that weighs heavily on Christian soldiers for whom war is irreducibly personal.
As a Speaker, Consultant, Writer, and Educator, I work with those who want to challenge binary assumptions and conquer the divide to improve conversation and community around armed service and faith.
I am a… Speaker
I speak from a place of thoughtful consideration for theology and reason, tailoring my talks to the audience at hand without exclusion of other viewpoints. Mine is a voice of moderation, open to all possibilities and consistently seeking out resources that can provide for thoughtful and critical conversation.
Who I speak to: Churches, conferences, military chaplain units, social justice organizations
I am a… Consultant
In mentoring and supporting Christian soldiers directly, I realized the ill effect of removing these individuals from the congregations and relationships meaningful to them. It was a calling to consult: To help individuals or small teams think about ways to practice their work with soldiers and veterans more meaningfully and effectively in their specific context.
Who I consult for: Ministers, clergy people, leadership teams, therapists/counselors, other veteran service professionals
I am a… Writer
Stronger than my desire to craft sound but logical arguments is my desire to find and share fascinating stories that help the Church appreciate the richness of our faith and the value of military service. I write more to move than to convince, without excluding readers by either retreating up the ivory tower or burying my head in the ideological quicksand.
Who I write for: Trade and academic publishers or authors, news outlets, blogs, and conferences, especially those that are religious
I am an… Educator
As an educator, I stir up deeper thought, using resources that both clergy and lay people are attuned to. I educate and provoke thought via prepared curricula that can be taught in brief workshops, one-day seminars, or fuller, self-paced, modular courses.
Who I teach: Pastors, lay ministers, chaplains, ROTC cadets, military communities, college students, ordinary people
Silence is not an option.
I can’t imagine a world in which I remain silent about what I have learned and experienced as a Christian soldier and combat veteran. I wish to break that silence so that others may find a community to exercise their voice, as well.