After becoming a Christian in Marine Corps boot camp at 18 years old, I felt the call to pastoral ministry just one year after my conversion. I committed to the ministry of my Assemblies of God congregation and pursued lay ministry there until I returned to college and graduated from Eureka College with a Theological Studies degree in 2005. I learned to love theology and so continued to pursue an education in theology, earning a Master of Theological Studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (2007) and a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at Garrett (2014).
After graduating from a Disciples of Christ college and a United Methodist Seminary, I was originally ordained in the Assemblies of God. In 2016, I left the Assemblies of God to become an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. This ecumenical background has opened many doors as I speak across a number of Christian traditions. While in seminary, I served in Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Worship Ministry in congregations in Wisconsin and Illinois.
I have written on Pentecostalism, liturgy, prayer, and apologetics in academic and professional journals. I recently published my first book on the implications of postliberal theological method for the discipline of apologetics (Apologetics after Lindbeck). But I have been leading retreats for high school and college students for several years on vocational discernment and the theology of calling. I plan to write my next book on this topic.
I have served since 2009 as University Chaplain at the University of Indianapolis. Besides leading campus ministry programming and providing pastoral care at UIndy, I also am the Director of the Lantz Center for Christian Vocation and Spiritual Formation. In that role I teach courses in spiritual formation, youth ministry, and theology.
Jeremiah Gibbs is one of my favorite commentators on the intersections of Christian faith, culture and justice in the 21st century. Ordained in the charismatic Assemblies of God tradition and working as a chaplain at a United Methodist college, Jeremiah’s work speaks poignantly to a broad swath of American Christianity.– C. Christopher Smith, co-author, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus and Senior Editor of The Englewood Review of Books