I came to Carbondale in August, 2003 from St. Petersburg, Russia, where I taught church history and theology for four years at a Russian Lutheran seminary.
A native of St. Louis, I received my B.A. in Russian from Purdue University, and went to seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. I continued my graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was awarded a Ph.D. in Russian history in 1999. My area of interest is Russian Orthodox Church history.
In 1984 I studied for a semester at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow, USSR, where I met my wife, Helen, then a student from the UK. We were married in 1986 and have three children, Andrew, James, and Marian.
I serve as Ecumenical Representative for our bishop, teach in our synod's Synodically Authorized Ministers program, am a board member and writer for the Crossings Community, and serve as a community member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at Southern Illinois University.