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Academic Background

  • 1991
    Ph.D., Religious Studies
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville
    Dissertation: The Social Ontology of Karl Barth
  • 1982
    M.Div., Religious Studies (Non-thesis degree)
    Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT
  • 1979
    B.A., History
    Greenville College, Greenville, IL
    Honors Thesis: The Development of Illinois Party Politics, 1818-1840
  • Course work in: German, French, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, and Koine Greek

Academic Experience

  • 2010-present
    Webster University
    Teacher of courses Sacred Texts: From Hinduism to Mormonism, World Religions, Nonwestern Religions in America, Introduction to Philosophy, Contemporary Moral Problems, and online coures Advanced Topics in Religion, World Religions, and Spiritual Paths and Journeys
  • 2009-present
    Eden Theological Seminary
    Teacher of courses in American Church and Religious History, Christian Ethics, Christians and the Common Good, Evangelism
  • 2000-2009
    University of Akron
    Senior Instructor
    Teacher of courses in Humanities in the Western Tradition (discussion leader), U.S. History Since 1877, Judaism and Christianity in the Twentieth Century, Lincoln and his Times, Europe Since World War I, Selected Topics: Comparative Religion, American Highways and American Wanderlust, The Bible and the Qur'an, Buckeye Presidents, American Religious History, Religion and Science: History and Issues.

    Won the 2005 Teaching Excellence Award, U Akron Honors College, and the 2009 Distinguished Service Award, U Akron Honors College

  • 1995-2000
    Indiana University Southeast
    Adjunct Instructor
    Teacher of courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Western Religions, Studies in Religion, Introduction to New Testament, Introduction to Judaism, Elementary Logic, Religion and Social Issues, European History: Renaissance to Napoleon, European History: Napoleon to the Present
  • 1992-2000
    Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    Adjunct Instructor
    Teacher of courses in Methodist history, Methodist ecclesiology, Methodist doctrine
  • 1997, 1999
    University of Louisville
    Adjunct Instructor
    Teacher of courses in American History: Colonization to Reconstruction, World Religions
  • 1991-1995, 2000
    Spalding University
    Part time Instructor
    Teacher of courses in World Religions, The Christian Tradition, Synoptic Gospels
  • 1991
    Lindsey Wilson College
    Part time Instructor
    Non-traditional program at Luther Luckett Correctional Center and Kentucky State Reformatory
    Teacher of courses in the Religions of the World
  • 1987-1991
    Northern Arizona University
    Adjunct Instructor
    Teacher of courses in Religions of the World, Judeo-Christian Heritage
  • 1986-1987
    University of Virginia
    Graduate Assistant
    Assistant instructor for courses in American Religious History, History of Christianity (Patristic period)
  • 1981-1982
    Albertus Magnus College
    Teaching Assistant
    Assistant instructor for courses in Christology and the Gospel of Mark
  • 1978-1979
    Illinois Department of Conservation
    Researched county records and archival material for the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site

Parish Experience

  • 1992-1994
    Middletown United Methodist Church, Louisville, KY
    Minister of Programs
  • 1988-1991
    Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Flagstaff, AZ
    Associate Minister
  • 1984
    Ordained elder, Southern Illinois Annual Conference (now the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference) of the United Methodist Church
  • 1982-1984
    Glendale, Eddyville, and Bay Valley United Methodist Churches, Pope County, IL
  • 1981
    Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Glen Burnie, MD
    Student Assistant Minister
    Parish-Based Clinical Pastoral Education program
  • 1980-1981
    Hamden Plains United Methodist Church, Hamden, CT
    Student Assistant Minister
  • 1980
    Haley Chapel United Methodist Church, Vandalia, IL
    Interim Minister
  • 1980
    Ordained deacon Southern Illinois Annual Conference (now the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference) of the United Methodist Church


  • Academic

    • Books (sole author):
      • Faithful Christian Citizen: Living Responsibly in a Global Society. DVD-Based Curriculum for the Center for the Congregation in Public Life, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In preparation.
      • The Love of Bible Learning: Journeys During a Time of Changing Bibles. In submission.
      • We Are A Household of Faith: The Kentucky Council of Churches, 1947-1997. Kentucky Council of Churches, 1997. Commissioned booklet.
      • The Social Ontology of Karl Barth. International Scholars Publications, 1994. Revised doctoral dissertation; invited. Cited in F. LeRon Shults, Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality (Eerdmans, 2003), Paul Louis Metzger,The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular Through the Theology of Karl Barth (Eerdmans, 2003), and others.
      • High on the Okaw's Western Bank: Vandalia, IL, 1819-1839. University of Illinois Press, 1992. Refereed book. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Youth Grant, 1979. Won the Illinois State Historical Society Certificate of Excellence, 1993. Cited in M. Burlingame, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln (Urbana, 1994). K. Raitz (ed.), A Guide to the National Road (Baltimore, 1996), James Davis, Frontier Illinois (Bloomington, 1998), Ralph Gary, Following in Lincoln’s Footsteps, Gerald Leonard, The Invention of Party Politics (University of North Carolina Press, 2002), and others.
    • Books (contributor):
      • "Joined at the Heart" and "The Jesus Diet," Debra Bendis, ed. Living by the Word (Chalice Press, 2005). Invited.
      • “History of Methodism in Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky,” Encyclopedia of Louisville (University of Kentucky Press, 2000). Commissioned.
      • "Vandalia, the State Capital." Charles W. Mills, et al., Vandalia Remembered: Illinois' Second Capital Celebrates 175 Years, 1819-1994 Invited, lead article.
    • Articles:
      • “Humility‘s Vision“ and “In Love with the Word,” The Christian Century (Living by the Word series), Oct. 10, 2010. Invited.
      • “Kindly Candor” and “Whose Casserole?” The Christian Century (Living by the Word series), Aug. 8, 2006. Invited.
      • "Highway Landscapes: A College Course on American Roads," Invited and refereed article, Bulletin of the Illinois Geographical Society. Spring 2004.
      • "Joined at the Heart" and "The Jesus Diet," The Christian Century (Living by the Word series), July 26, 2003. Invited.
      • "The Vandalia Statehouse and the Relocation of the Capital," Illinois Heritage, Spring-Summer 2000.
      • With Dr. Beth Stroble, "Ferdinand Ernst and the German Colony at Vandalia," Illinois History Teacher, Vol. 3: 1997. Invited, refereed.
      • "Leadership, Change, and the Parish," The Quarterly Review, Summer 1996.
      • Collaboration with Byron Crawford for his newspaper column, "Obscure Kentuckian's Name Lives On in the Windy City," Louisville Courier-Journal, Feb. 10, 1995. Invited.
      • "'Without Running Riot': Kant, Analogical Language, and Theological Discourse." Sophia: A Journal of Philosophy, Nov. 1993. Refereed.
      • With Dr. Beth Stroble, "'Religion is a Personal Thing': Students’ Portfolio Assignments in a World Religions Class,” Religion and Public Education, Summer 1993. Refereed. Won the National Council on Religion and Public Education's Thayer S. Warshaw Essay Award (see below).
      • "Pilgrim at Millstone Knob,” Reflections (Yale Divinity School), Fall 1990.
      • With Dr. Beth Stroble, "Poetic Tributes: Yeats, Sadat, and Grandma Grace," Arizona English Bulletin, Fall 1988.
      • With Dr. Beth Stroble, "Simulated Garbage: Leaps of Inference from Artifacts, Exercise Exchange, Fall 1988.
      • "Ferdinand Ernst and the German Colony at Vandalia," Illinois Historical Journal, Summer 1987. Refereed.
      • "Vandalia, the Former State Capital," Illinois Magazine, Nov.-Dec. 1983.
      • "The Vandalia Statehouse,” brochure for the Illinois Department of Conversation/ Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 1979. Commissioned brochure.
    • Religious and Historical Book Reviews:
      • Wilhelm Pauck, Karl Barth: Prophet of a New Christianity? Karl Barth Society of North America Newsletter. No. 28, Spring 2004.
      • Cyprian Clamorgan, The Colored Aristocracy of St. Louis. Illinois Historical Journal, Summer 2000. Invited.
      • Michael Battle, Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu. The Christian Century, Feb. 4-11, 1998. Invited.
      • R. Eden Martin, ed., Ivory and Rose, A Year's Courtship: The Correspondence of Ivory J. Martin and Rose Eden, Sullivan, Illinois, 1885-1886. Illinois Historical Journal, Winter 1998. Invited.
      • Jeff Gundy, A Community of Memory: My Days with George and Clara. Illinois Historical Journal, Winter 1996. Invited.
      • David F. Wells, God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams. The Christian Ministry, Nov.-Dec. 1995.
      • Charles C. Cole, Lion of the Forest: James B. Finley, Frontier Reformer. Illinois Historical Journal, Autumn 1995. Invited.
      • Wayne Floyd and Charles Marsh, eds., Theology and the Practice of Responsibility. The Christian Century, Nov. 5, 1994. Invited.
      • Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology, vol. 1. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Summer 1993.
      • Harold Hurst, Alexandria on the Potomac. Journal of the Early American Republic, Spring 1993. Invited.
      • Katherine Sonderegger, "That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew": Karl Barth's Doctrine of Israel. The Christian Century, Feb. 7, 1993. Invited.
      • Lyle Dorsett, Billy Sunday and the Redemption of Urban America. Illinois Historical Journal, Summer 1992. Invited.
      • George Hunsinger, How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology. Journal of Religion, July 1992.
      • Karl Barth, The Göttingen Dogmatics and Homiletics. The Christian Century, April 1992. Invited.
      • George Hunsinger, How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology. The Christian Century, May 15-22, 1991. Invited.
      • Eberhard Jüngel, Theological Essays. Critical Review of Books in Religion, 1991.
      • Eberhard Jüngel, The Freedom of the Christian. Critical Review of Books in Religion, 1990.
      • Ann M. Boylan, Sunday School: The Formation of an American Institution, 1790-1880. Illinois Historical Journal, Winter 1989. Invited.
      • Charles Villa-Vicencio, ed., On Reading Karl Barth in South Africa. The Christian Century, Dec. 14, 1988. Invited.
      • Eberhard Jüngel, Karl Barth: A Theological Legacy. The Christian Century, Oct. 21, 1987.
      • Joel Weinsheimer, Gadamer's Hermeneutics. Christianity and Literature, Summer 1987
      • Sheila Greeve Davaney, Divine Power. McKendree Pastoral Review, April 1987.
      • John Blackwell, The Passion as Story: The Plot of Mark. McKendree Pastoral Review, Nov. 1986.
  • Religious Curriculum

    • Books (sole author):
      • Walking with Jesus through the Old Testament: Devotions for Lent. Westminster John Knox Press, 2016.
      • Faithful Citizen: Living Responsibly in a Global Society. DVD-based curriculum for the Center for the Congregation in Public Life, 2011. Distributed by Logos Publications.
      • Celebrate the Newborn Christ: Scriptures for the Church Season. Abingdon Press, 2009. Commissioned study book.
      • What’s in the Bible about Life Together? Abingdon Press, 2009. Commissioned study book for the series “What’s In the Bible and Why Should I Care?”
      • What’s in the Bible about Jesus? Abingdon Press, 2008. Commissioned study book for the series “What’s In the Bible and Why Should I Care?”
      • What About Science and Religion? A Study of Reason and Faith. Abingdon Press, 2007. Commissioned study book for the “FaithQuestions” series.
      • You Gave Me a Wide Place: Holy Places of Our Lives. Upper Room Books, 2006.
      • What Do Other Faiths Believe? Abingdon, 2003. Commissioned study book for the “FaithQuestions” series.
      • Mystery: Exploring the Mystery of God. Abingdon Press, 2002. Commissioned study book for "20/30" series for young adults.
      • Behold His Cross. Abingdon Press, 2002. Commissioned Lenten study book.
      • Paul and the Galatians. Abingdon Press, 2000. Commissioned study book for “The Life and Letters of Paul” series.
      • Call Him Emmanuel: Scriptures for the Church Seasons. Abingdon Press, 1997. Commissioned study book.
    • Books (contributor):
      • All contributed as FaithLink writer-researcher, see below.
      • Connecting Faith & Life in Hard Times: A FaithLink Feature. Abingdon Press, 2009.
      • Edited by J. Richard Peck, Becoming the People of God: Forming a Global Family. Abingdon Press, 2003. Contributor to two chapters.
      • Edited by Wayne G. Reese, Becoming the People of God: Opting for Virtue in Public Life. Abingdon Press, 2003. Contributor to five chapters.
      • Edited by Wayne G. Reese, Becoming the People of God: Working Together: Sharing the Bounty. Abingdon Press, 2003. Contributor to four chapters.
      • Edited by J. Richard Peck, Becoming the People of God: Caring for God's Earth. Abingdon Press, 2002. Contributor to four chapters.
      • Edited by J. Richard Peck, Becoming the People of God: Walking Humbly, Doing Justice. Abingdon Press, 2002. Contributor to one chapter.
      • Edited by Erik Alsgaard, Becoming the People of God: Living Faithfully as Friends and Family. Abingdon Press, 2001. Contributor to two chapters.
    • Articles:
      • "Keeping Peace When Scriptures Conflict," The Circuit Rider, May/June/July 2011. Submitted.
      • “Childhood Memories,” Alive Now (Upper Room), July/August 2007. Editor-selected from You Gave Me a Wide Place, above.
      • "Hebrews: The Different Letter." Adult Bible Studies teachers' guide (United Methodist Publishing House), Summer 2004. Commissioned.
      • Hold Fast to the Faith. Daily Bible Study series, June, July, August 2004. Abingdon Press, 2004. Commissioned.
      • "Ezra and Nehemiah: Bringing a People Home," Adult Bible Studies teachers' guide (United Methodist Publishing House), June-August 2003. Commissioned.
      • "The Psalms: The Church's Hymnbook," Adult Bible Studies teachers' guide (United Methodist Publishing House), Summer 2002. Commissioned.
      • "Sermon Starters: Scriptures for the Lenten Season," Circuit Rider, Jan.-Feb. 2002. Invited.
      • Truth in Parables. Daily Bible Study series, September-November 2001. Abingdon Press, 2001. Commissioned.
      • "Israel Enters the Promised Land," Adult Bible Studies teachers' guide (United Methodist Publishing House), Autumn 1999. Commissioned.
      • "John, the Different Gospel," Adult Bible Studies teachers' guide (United Methodist Publishing House), Winter 1999. Commissioned.
      • "Practical Wisdom: The Book of Proverbs," Adult Bible Studies teachers' guide (United Methodist Publishing House), Summer 1998. Commissioned.
      • "Destined in Love: Lectionary Texts By and About Paul," The Quarterly Review, Fall 1996. Invited.
      • "The Psalms: An Overview," Adult Bible Studies teachers' guide (United Methodist Publishing House), Summer 1996. Commissioned.
      • With Dr. Beth Stroble, “It Worked For Us! An Old Fashioned Christmas,” Interpreter: Program Ideas for United Methodists, Oct. 1993.
    • Other Curriculum:

      Issues of FaithLink, weekly on-line church curriculum on current events and theological topics, published by the United Methodist Publishing House (as writer or researcher). All commissioned. "Politicking for President" (Feb. 18, 1996), "I Believe in God" (March 17, 1996), "Native Americans and the UMC" (April 21, 1996), "The World Is My Parish" (May 19, 1996), "Hi-Tech Living" (June 16, 1996), "Dirty Little Secrets" (July 14, 1996), "Security" (Aug. 11, 1996), "Minimum Wage (Sept. 1, 1996), "Accessibility" (Oct. 6, 1996), "Christian and Citizen" (Nov. 3, 1996), "What Are We Waiting For?" (Dec. 22, 1996), "What's So Funny?" (Jan. 19,1997), "Divorce" (Feb. 16, 1997), “I Forgive” (March 2, 1997), "Repairers of the Breach," (April 6, 1997), "Civil Rights for Victims" (May 4, 1997), "The Sandwich Generation" (June 8, 1997), "God and Natural Evil" (July 13, 1997), “Adopted?” (Aug. 17, 1997), “Scales of Justice, Balance of Mercy” (Sept. 7, 1997), "Go Into All the World" (April 13, 1998), "The End Time" (May 31, 1998), "Camps, Conversion, and Christ" (July 5, 1998), "Hate Crimes" (July 30, 1998), "Effecting Change" (Aug. 23, 1998), "Islam: The Other Brother" (Sept 20, 1998), "Mental Illness" (Oct. 25, 1998), "Wisdom for Living" (Nov. 22, 1998), "Intervention" (Dec. 6, 1998), "A Date with Death (Dec. 27, 1998), "Christians and Education" (Jan. 17, 1999), "Sexual Harassment" (Feb. 28, 1999), "Punishment or Child Abuse?" (April 18, 1999), "Living in Fear" (May 23, 1999), "Green Acres" (July 11, 1999), "Alternative Medicine" (Aug. 1, 1999), "The Other Place" (Aug 22, 1999), "Breaking the Barriers" (Sept. 26, 1999), "Big Brother" (Oct..10, 1999), "UN: Pay to Play" (Nov. 7, 1999), "'Tis the Season?" (Dec. 12, 1999), "That They May Be One" (Jan. 23, 2000), "Children with AIDS" (Feb. 13, 2000), "Prayer in American Life" (Feb. 27, 2000), "The Disease 'du Jour'" (March 26, 2000), "Strangely Warmed" (May 21, 2000), "Saving Main Street" (June 11, 2000), "A Map of Life" (July 23, 2000), "Is That Your Final Answer?" (Aug. 13, 2000), "Hazing" (Sept. 24, 2000), "Church Growth" ("barrel issue"), "One True Religion? (Oct. 8, 2000), "The King is Coming" (Dec. 3, 2000), "Mad Cow Disease" (Jan. 28, 2001), "Faith and Federal Funding" (Feb. 18, 2001), "I'm in Your Debt" (March 11, 2001), "National Diversity" (May 6, 2001), "Free Trade or Fair Trade" (June 10, 2001), "The Greenhouse Effect" (July 1, 2001), "Immigrant Amnesty" (Aug. 19, 2001), "Christians in Palestine" (Sept. 16, 2001), "Islam" (Oct. 7, 2001), "When Hate Turns to Crime" (Nov. 25, 2001), "The Prince of Peace" (Dec. 16, 2001), "Protecting Civil Rights" (Jan. 13, 2002), "Who Cleans Up?" (Feb. 17, 2002), "One Hour, One World, One Love" (March 10, 2002), "It's Not 'Just Beer'" (March 25, 2002), "Responding to Genocide" (April 14, 2002), "Forty Acres and a Mule" (May 12, 2002), "The Old Time Religion" (May 26, 2002), "Seeking a Safer World" (June 16, 2002), "What Language Shall We Borrow?" (June 30, 2002), "No Child Left Behind (July 28, 2002), "Jobs, Work, and Vocation" (Sept. 1, 2002), "Fellow Prisoners" (Oct. 20, 2002), "I Mean to Be One Too" (Nov. 3, 2002), "Count Your Blessings" (Nov. 24, 2002), "Content of Character," (January 19, 2003), "Ministry Under Fire" (March 16, 2003), "Missing Children" (April 6, 2003), "Seeing Is Believing?" (June 8, 2003), "The State of Unions" (Aug. 3, 2003), "Building Community in the Context of Extremism" (Aug. 25, 2003), "Who Knows Your Mother's Maiden Name?" (Oct. 5, 2003), "It's All in the Package" (Oct. 19, 2003), "Prepare the Way of the Lord" (Nov. 30, 2003), "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (Dec. 21, 2003), "Beyond Repentance" (Feb. 1, 2004), "Does Your Vote Count?" (Feb. 22, 2004), "The Unions We Bless" (March 21, 2004), ""Wait…There's More" (May 16, 2004), “The Spirit of Adoption” (May 30, 2004), “Swords or Ploughshares” (June 20, 2004), “Presidential Legacies and Hope for the Future” (July 4, 2004), “Spirit of Sportsmanship” (Aug. 15, 2004), “Elevated Alert” (Sept. 12, 2004), “Why Don’t People Vote?” (Oct. 3, 2004), “Treasure or Trash?” (Nov. 14, 2004), “Toward Nations United” (Jan. 2, 2005), “Origins of the World” (Feb. 20, 2005), “Life and Death” (March 27, 2005), “Living and Dying” (April 24, 2005), “A Global Faith” (May 22, 2005), “The Values of Marriage” (June 5, 2005), “Twelve Steps” (June 12, 2005), “A Body for Reconciliation” (June 26, 2005), “Giving Up Violence” (Aug. 21, 2005), “Four Years Later” (Sept. 11, 2005), “Community in Communion” (Oct 2, 2005), “Care for the Captives” (Oct. 23, 2005), “Home from Iraq” (Nov.13, 2005), “Just Shopping” (Nov. 27, 2005), “Science, Theology, and Our Human Future” (Jan. 1, 2006), “Freedom and Security” (Jan. 29, 2006), “Faith and Science” (Feb. 26, 2006), “US Ports, Foreign Company” (March 26, 2006), “Attending Church” (April 16, 2006), “Online Community” (May 7, 2006), “Being Together” (May 28, 2006), “Preparing for Disaster” (June 25, 2006), “Friends” (July 23, 2006), “Israel and Lebanon” (Aug. 20, 2006), “Living Faith in Public Schools” (Sept. 17, 2006), “Being Christ’s Body” (Oct. 1, 2006), “Led by the Laity” (Oct. 14, 2007), “Halloween: A Christian Perspective” (Oct. 28, 2007), “Honoring Veterans” (Nov. 11, 2007), “Loving Our Enemies” (Dec. 2, 2007), “Uncommon Courtesy” (Feb. 3, 2008), “Religion and Politics” (Feb. 17, 2008), “Caring for the Caregivers” (March 9, 2008), “Genetically Modified Foods” (Apr. 20, 2008), “Update on Iraq” (Apr. 27, 2008), “Foreclosed” (May 11, 2008), “Coming Home from War” (May 25, 2008), “AIDS” (Aug. 3, 2008), “Immigration” (Aug. 17, 2008), “Grandparents Day (Sept. 7, 2008), “Faith and Finances” (Oct. 19, 2008), “Teen Pregnancy” (Nov. 2, 2008), “Conflict Resolution” (Nov. 16, 2008), “Gun Control” (Dec. 7, 2008), “Angels” (Jan. 11, 2009), “Finding Hope in Tough Times” (Feb. 8, 2009), “Suicide” (March 8, 2009), “Christians Online” (March 22, 2009), “Teach Us to Pray” (April 19, 2009), “Christian Humility” (May 10, 2009), “Food Safety” (barrel issue), “Peace with Justice” (June 7, 2009), “Trash“ (Aug. 2, 2009), “Vacation and Sabbath“ (Sept. 6, 2009), “Health Care Reform“ (Sept. 20, 2009), “Confession“ (Nov. 15, 2009), “Celebrating Thanksgiving“ (Nov. 22, 2009), “Baptism,” (Jan. 10, 2010), “Lent“ (Feb. 21, 2010), “Finding a Job” (March 21, 2010), “Finding Common Ground on Health-Care Reform” (May 2, 2010), “Freedom and Christian Faith“ (July 4, 2010), “Weather and Faith“ (July 11, 2010), “Long-Term Care for the Elderly” (Sept. 26, 2010), “The New Face of Poverty“ (Oct. 17, 2010), "Celebrating Christmas" (Dec. 19, 2010), "Our Public Protectors" (Feb. 27, 2011).

  • Fiction, Poetry, Essays

    • Books (sole author):
      • Dreaming at the Electric Hobo. Poetry chapbook published by Finishing Line Press, 2015.
      • Adams Street Antiques. Self-published, 1998. Fiction.
      • Journeys Home: Thoughts and Places. Self-published and self-illustrated, 1995, 2000. Essays that originally appeared in Springhouse (see below).
    • Poetry:
      • "The Emigrant," "Settlement," Big Muddy, Fall 2014.
      • "She's Barefooted," Tipton Poetry Journal, Fall 2013.
      • "Questions," Pegasus, Spring/Summer 2000.
      • "Service Station on U.S. 40," LPG Prism, Oct.-Nov.-Dec. 1998.
      • "Grandma's Quilt," Tantra Press, Spring 1995.
      • "Mismeeting," Pikeville Review, Fall 1994.
      • "After Seventy Years," Springhouse, Aug. 1989
      • "Old Daguerreotype," Springhouse, June 1989.
      • "Barrow Pit," Springhouse, Dec. 1988.
      • "If the Lord Wills," Springhouse, Oct. 1988.
      • "The Levee," Springhouse, April 1988.
      • "In a Pope County Graveyard," Springhouse, Dec. 1987.
    • Contributions to Springhouse:
      (bimonthly magazine of southern Illinois history and literature)
      All submitted as “masthead” contributing author.
      • History
        • "Chester Loomis' 'Journey on Horseback through the Great West in 1825," five-part series, 2010.
        • "Illinois Politics, 1819-1839," eight-part series, June 1998-Aug. 1999.
        • "The Big Jump: An Unknown Lincoln Legend from Southern Illinois," Feb. 1988.
        • "Perryville: A Vanished Town," March 1985.
      • Essays
        (everal reprinted in Journeys Home, above):
        • “Keeping in Touch,” 24:6 (2007)
        • “Indelible Art,” 23:4 (2006)
        • “Summer,” 23:3 (2006)
        • “James Hall’s Essay: The First Bell,” Fall 2003.
        • "Don't Snore/On I-64." Fall 2003.
        • "Thoughts on Emily Dickinson's Nobody." Summer 2003.
        • "My Cousin Lewis." Spring 2003.
        • "Antiquing." June 2003.
        • "Butterflies," Aug. 1995.
        • "The Oatmeal Box," April 1995.
        • "Wagner Matinees," Feb. 1995.
        • "Impatience," Dec. 1994.
        • "Lost in Translation," Oct.1994
        • "Beards," April 1994.
        • "The Fine Art of Garage Sales," Aug. 1992.
        • "What Home Looks Life," June 1992.
        • "Lawns," Oct. 1991.
        • "Mother Roads," Feb. 1991.
        • "Autumn Secrets," Oct. 1990.
        • "We Happy Few, or, The Revenge of the Beef," June 1990.
        • "Mail Order Country!" April 1990.
        • "Take It Slow," Feb. 1990
        • "Take Up and Read!" April 1989.
        • "Summertime and Bare Feet," June 1988.
        • "On 'Decoration Day’," April 1988.
      • Book Reviews:
        • David Plowden, Small Town America, Aug. 1996.
        • Barbara Holland, Endangered Pleasures, June 1996.
        • William Maxwell, Ancestors: A Family History, Feb. 1996.
        • Jerry Ellis, Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears, April 1995.
        • Benjamin P. Thomas, Lincoln's New Salem, Paul M. Angle, "Here I Have Lived": A History of Lincoln's Springfield, William E. Baringer, Lincoln's Vandalia: A Pioneer Portrait, Charles H. Coleman, Abraham Lincoln and Coles County, Illinois, Mary Burtschi, Vandalia: Wilderness Capital of Lincoln's Land, Paul Simon, Lincoln's Preparation for Greatness, Aug. 1994.
        • Wendell Berry, What Are People For? and Recollected Essays, 1965-1980. June 1994.
        • Wallace Stegner, Where the Blue Bird Sings to the Lemonaide Springs, Feb. 1994.
        • The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, Dec. 1993.
        • George R. Stewart, U.S. 40; Thomas R. Vale and Geraldine R. Vale, U.S. 40 Today: Thirty Years of Landscape Change in America; Drake Hokanson, The Lincoln Highway: Main Street Across America; Quinta Scott and Susan Croce Kelly, Route 66: The Highway and Its People, Michael Wallis, Route 66: The Mother Road, Oct 1993.
        • Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Aug. 1993.
  • Other Research and Contributions

    • Cover blurb (invited) for Adam Hamilton’s Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling with Questions People Ask (Abingdon Press, 2005).
    • Cover blurb (invited) for Paul J. DeHart's Beyond the Necessary God: Trinitarian Faith and Philosophy in the Thought of Eberhard Jűngel (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999).
    • Contributor to "Women in Philosophy" site,
    • Contributor to One Hundred Fifty Years of Methodism in Vandalia, Illinois, commemorative booklet, 1981.
    • Assisted the primary researcher for Heinz Monz, Ludwig Gall: Leben und Werk (Trier: Nco-Verlag Neu & Co., 1979).
    • Assisted the architectural firm McDonald and Mack, Minneapolis, in historical research on the Vandalia Statehouse, for the study "Structural Inventory, Third Vandalia Statehouse," June 1979, as part of (hired) historical work with the Illinois Department of Conservation. Discovered and identified the possible original plan for the original cupola, referred to therein as the "Stroble Sketch," Appendix C and Appendix C Illustration 2.

Art Work and Art Shows

  • Drawing, “Marquand Chapel,” printed for thank-you cards for alumnal fund of Yale Divinity School, 2006 and following.
  • "Artworks Photography Show," Historic Vandalia Museum, Vandalia, Illinois, May 2-12, 2000.
  • "Town and Country Art Show," Historic Vandalia Museum, Vandalia, Illinois, June 18-20, 1999.
  • Drawing, "A Distant Reflection," published in Spectrum (Yale Divinity School), No. 11, October 1992.
  • “Early Statesmen of Illinois, 1819-1839,” St. James Lutheran Church, Vandalia, Illinois, Nov. 1976.

Grants and Awards

  • Funded and Awarded

    • University of Akron Honors Department, May 2005. Teaching Excellence Award.
    • Artworks Photography Show, May 2000. Won first and second place ribbons for landscape photography.
    • Town and Country Art Show, June 1999. Won first, second, and third place ribbons for artwork and photography.
    • Louisville Institue for the study of Protestantism and American Culture, Religious Leaders Grant, 1995 Project Title: "The Ministry of All Believers: Foundations for Volunteer Programs"
    • National Council on Religion and Public Eductation, 1993 Thayer S. Warshaw Essay Award, with Dr. Beth Stroble, for "'Religion is a Personal Thing': Students' Portfolio Assignments in a World Religions Class"
    • Illinois State Historical Society, 1993 Certificate of Excellence for High on the Okaw's Western Bank
    • University of Virginia, Graduate Assistantship, 1986-1987
    • United Methodist Conference, Scholarship, Study in Jordan and Israel, 1983
    • Yale Divinity School, Academic Assistantship, 1980-1982
    • United Methodist Conference, Scholarship, Yale Divinity School, 1979-1981
    • National Endowment for the Humanities, Youth Grant, 1979 Project Title: "Vandalia, The Capital of Illinois, 1819-1839"
    • Greenville College, Scholarship, 1975-1978.


  • "Lincoln and Vandalia,” Association of Lincoln Presenters annual meeting, Vandalia, Illinois, April 2004.
  • “United Methodist Guidelines on Genetic Research," Human Genome Conference, University of Akron, April 2001.
  • "Kant, Analogous Language, and Theological Discourse," American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, Nov.1988.
  • "The Social Ontology of Karl Barth,” American Academy of Religion, San Jose CA, March 1988.
  • "Religion and Public Education," Northern Arizona University, Center for Excellence in Education, Feb. 1988.

Related Administrative and Service Experience

  • Reviewed theological manuscripts as assigned reader for Peter Lang Publishers (1993) and Scholars Press (1998).
  • Coordinated 100+ volunteers, including sixteen committee chairs on church planning council, in context of the volunteer ministries program of church position; planned and directed programs in children, adult and youth education, stewardship, community service projects, church-wide events and programs, and worship in context of parish ministries.
  • Participated in alumnal fund drives as Yale class fund agent for seven years (1987-94).
  • Prepared documents using WordPerfect 5.1 and 6.0, MacWrite, Microsoft Word, Aldus PageMaker, IBM Microsoft Word for Windows, WordStar and Wang; trained others in Word for Windows at the Louisville Community Foundation.
  • Provided community service including:

    • Participated in visitation ministry and church study group at our Missouri church, 2009-present.
    • Participated in prayer ministry/prayer education group at our Ohio church, 2007-2009.
    • Served as faculty advisor for local chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2006-2009.
    • Participated in volunteer projects for the local high school band’s parents’ group, 2004-2008.
    • Team-taught a Sunday school class at our Ohio church, 2002-2009.
    • Participated in church-related visitation programs, 2002-2004, 2008-2009.
    • Led twelve committee chairs on church council on ministries, 1997-1999.
    • Served on the boards of CROP Walk (1989-90), Desert Southwest Annual Conference Nominations (1989), Native American Ministries (1989-91), YouthWorks (1993), Eastern Area Community Ministries (1994)
    • Supported Haitian refugee sponsorship, 1994, Louisville
    • Coordinated volunteers for The Methodist Children's Home, Wesley Manor, Wesley House, YouthWorks, Neighborhood Visitor, Eastern Area Community Ministries, 1992-94, Louisville
    • Coordinated volunteers in planning financial and educational policies and managing personnel issues for a new child development center, 1992-94
    • Served as staff liaison for church-directed preschool, 1992-94
    • Planned evangelistic outreach events, 1992-94, Louisville
    • Assisted in planning CROP Walk, 1989 and 1990, Flagstaff, Arizona
    • Assisted in planning, and participated in, two successful ecumenical community worship services, 1989 and 1990, Flagstaff, Arizona
    • Participated in community service club projects, 1982-84, Golconda, Illinois

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Great Rivers Conference, United Methodist Church
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Karl Barth Society of North America
  • Illinois State Historical Society
  • Illinois Historic Preservation Agency