I am married to an amazing woman: Jenn (Gunderson) and have four incredible children: Bryce (and his wife, Michelle), Abbigail (and her husband, Alek), Cambria, and Zoë.
I am a pastor at heart (having full-time pastored for 22 years in rural ND and MN). I hold a M.Div. Honours (specializing in Old Testament and Theology) Providence University College and Theological Seminary in Otterburne, MB, where I served as a Sessional Instructor in Old Testament. I have been Adjunct Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary, Horizon College & Seminary, North Central University, and a lecturer in Old Testament at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary. I completed my Ph.D. (Bangor University, Wales) writing in Pentecostal and Biblical Studies (“A Theology of the Spirit in the Former Prophets: A Pentecostal Perspective”). I am currently Associate Professor of Old Testament and Assistant Director of the Accelerated Master’s Program at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
I love reading theology and biblical studies: particularly the works of Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, T. F. Torrance, Brevard Childs, Walter Brueggemann, Terence Fretheim, N. T. Wright, and Amos Yong and (a favorite Church Father) Tertullian. I consider myself to be theologically Reformed and Pentecostal.
I served for five years as the Executive Editor of “The Pentecostal Educator” (an e-journal of the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education), and on the Library and Research Committee of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, along with being a founding member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies Student Caucus. I have written and edited several dozen articles, chapters, and books related to Pentecostal preaching, higher education, theology, pastoral ministry, hermeneutics, and Old Testament.
I love the study of languages and linguistics and hold competency in Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and Ugaritic. I have dabbled in Syriac, Farsi, Arabic, Latin, German, and French (all of which I hope to some day gain competency in). In a related manner, I consider myself an enthusiast of comparative religious and cultural/anthropological/sociological studies (ancient and modern).
The books which have had the most profound impact on me would be Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, “Life Together”, “Ethics”, and “Christ the Center”; Barth’s “Introduction to Evangelical Theology” and “Dogmatics in Outline”, J. Hudson Taylor‘s “Spiritual Secret”, T. F. Torrance “The Christian Doctrine of God”, Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”, “The Hobbit”, and “Silmarillion”.
I am a member of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association, The Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Society for Pentecostal Studies, Society of Biblical Literature, Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice, Institute for Biblical Research, and International Bonhoeffer Society.