About

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 ordained in the Assemblies of God. 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 completed and defended my dissertation on the implications of postliberal theological method for the discipline of apologetics. 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 first 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.

I am married to the Rev. Jenifer Stuelpe Gibbs, who is Associate Pastor of Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. We adopted our son, De’Avalon, when he was four years old. I learn as much about faithful discipleship from the two of them as I have from studying theology.

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Comments

  1. says

    Your dissertation sounds like it will be interesting – the postliberals at Duke didn’t often seem very friendly to the usual modes of apologetics. I take it you’ve read Placher’s “Unapologetic Theology”? Look forward to hearing more about it!

  2. says

    PEACE BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.Congrats on the adoption of your little boy. He is a cutie.Sometime Racism does get out hand. I have a niece who is bi-racial.When she was a baby and growing up and she would be with us we would get those looks too.Ignorance doesnt get people anywhere but looking stupid. Keep the faith. From Norfolk,Va,

  3. says

    I just found your blog post “The Day That I Started To Understand Racism.” Thank you, sir, for those well-written musings on race in this country. Thank you, too, for being a glowing example to organized-religion skeptics like myself. We see so many negative example of so-called Christians that it jades us about the practice at large – so it’s very nice to see actual Christianity (as I understand it) in practice.

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