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My self-summary
Five years ago, I was at a crossroads.

I was born and raised in metro Milwaukee. During college I spent summers working as a teacher in the inner city, and after graduating I joined Teach for America, moved to Philadelphia and began teaching English. My first year was a disaster, but after a long summer of recovery I went back into the classroom and had a much better second year and thought I had found my home. In December 2009 I was asked to take over a ministry that immerses college students in Milwaukee. After a month of wrestling with what to do, I finally said yes and moved back later in 2010.

Over the last five years I fell in love - with the city. I discovered my new favorite coffee roaster, the Bay View lakefront, and so many good restaurants. At the same time a lot of the details I loved about growing up here are still true, like cheering for the Brewers and suffering accordingly. It’s a nice blend of exciting change and stability.
What I’m doing with my life
I run urban immersion trips for college students in Milwaukee, and I get to partner with some pretty cool churches and ministries. I recently started blogging, and have rediscovered how much I love writing. Now that my nephew has turned four and is pretty interactive, I really enjoy spending time with him. My proudest uncle moment from the last year was building him a Lego airplane that he still plays with.
I’m really good at
I can cook and am particularly adept at the “what is left in the fridge and freezer” variety. My ENFJ superpowers are listening, asking questions and empathizing, and I mostly use them for good. I also really enjoy leading and visioncasting. It is cool lead people to make changes in their life and in their groups.
The first things people usually notice about me
Physically, it's my blue eyes or my beard. After we actually talk my outgoing and warm personality really begins to shine through, along with my capacity to ask a thousand questions. Oh, and passion. Lots of passion.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books – I like to read a lot. My favorite is N.T. Wright, but recently I have red a lot about Race in America. The best book this year has been Isabel Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns." Should be required reading for all Americans.

Movies - I'm gonna go with a little known sleeper here - About Time. Seriously moving movie.

TV – I had strep throat last year and binged on Parenthood. It’s now on the list. I also really enjoy Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99, Friday Night Lights and New Girl. I will always have a sweet spot for The Office seasons 2-4, and HIMYM is dead to me because of the finale.

I really enjoy a weird combination of folk (Bon Iver, Mumford and Lumineers, etc.) and worship music. Apparently David Crowder is my platonic musical ideal.
The six things I could never do without
1. Coffee.
2. My Kindle.
3. My friends – They balance me out and make me a better person.
4. My family – They didn’t make the list the last time I filled this out. Progress.
5. Brewers Baseball - because nothing has taught me more about longsuffering and unrequited love than twenty some years of cheering for them.
6. My relationship with God – I hope that it informs everything about who I am and what I do, personally and professionally.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a lot of time thinking about topics like religion, race and ethnicity, economics, and politics because I think they matter a lot, especially in being a witness to the hope that we have. I want to be a part of the conversations that are going on within Christianity and within the city about them.
On a typical Friday night I am
I like to spend my nights with friends (talking, playing board games) or at home reading or watching a movie. I don't enjoy clubs but I do enjoy a good bar with good friends or going swing dancing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like Pitch Perfect. But not Pitch Perfect 2. Ugh.