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ABOUT JAMES

I started Next Gen Christians in 2018 to pursue my passion of helping the church learn to please God together. My desire is to see the whole body of Christ serving and glorifying God. I believe that while the church cannot abandon its historic doctrines, God’s people must begin to think differently and deeply about what it means to proclaim God and His gospel to a watching world. Thinking Christian, or developing a Christian mind, will be crucial if the church is to live strangely and wisely in a fallen world. In addition to Next Gen Christians, I am engaged in various research and writing projects related to discipleship and the development of the Christian mind.

I came to faith in 1998 through the ministry of Campus Crusade (now Cru) and the persistence of Kim, my high school sweetheart and wife. For over a decade, I served in academic leadership in biblical higher education. Currently, I am Vice President and COO of Moody Center, an independent non-profit organization in Northfield, MA.

I also serve on faculty at Right on Mission, as an adjunct instructor at various colleges and seminaries, and as a higher education consultant assisting colleges, universities, and seminaries in the areas of leadership development, online programming, and enrollment management.

I graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000, a Master of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary in 2004, an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College in 2005, and a PhD in Theological Studies with an Old Testament emphasis in 2012. I also attended the Harvard Institute of Education Management and completed a year of executive coaching.

I research and write in the areas of theology and it’s contemporary application and Old Testament Studies. I published Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind in 2020. I also co-authored Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology with Bryan C. Babcock and Russell Meek in 2018 and “Isaiah” with Michael Rydelnik in the Moody Bible Commentary. In addition, I contributed to Marriage: It’s Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World and The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy. You can read more about my publications here.

In addition, I have published and presented in the areas of online curriculum design, higher education policy and strategy, and Christian leadership.

My wife and I live in the Chicagoland area with their three children. We are part of Valleybrook Community Church in Elburn, IL.

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