For undergraduate work, he studied at the University Wisconsin and Multnomah University. He later earned M.Div.T.S. and Th.M. degrees from Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He is a student of God's Word, an outdoorsman and a writer who loves bluegrass and lives in Portland with his wife, Ali, and their two children, Annabelle and Wesley. During a free afternoon you'll likely find him building rope swings in his backyard with his daughter or constructing a tower out of wooden blocks and telling the kids "true" stories about bears and raccoons.