Describe the path to your current vocation.
I started playing the piano when I was nine years old, and starting working in church music when I was twelve. Music and Theology, specifically the study of worship and liturgy, have always been a passion of mine. I don't feel like I ever made a decision to become a church musician--it was just a natural gravitation.
When did you become a Lutheran?
I was raised Roman Catholic, and came to faith in a broad evangelical context. Toward the end of my undergraduate years, I began to see the shallowness in the American Evangelicalism and drifted toward confessional Reformed theology. Here, I found the answers to many of my questions and appreciated the structure, but struggled with some of the core tenets of the theology and the rejection of anything that "looked to Catholic". After a few years of research, I made my way to Lutheranism and have finally found my spiritual home!
What do you love most about your job?
Serving as Cantor at Bethany allows me to continue to combine my interests in music and liturgy while serving the Lord and his church.
What was your longest or most favorite road trip?
During my undergraduate years, my friend and I drove from Chicago to Los Angeles without any breaks except for fuel and food. 33 hours! Great experience.
What are your hobbies?
I love to travel, spend time with my family, try new foods, experience other cultures, and study liturgy and music.