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.