I am married to an amazing woman: Jenn (Gunderson) and have four incredible children: Bryce (17), Abbi (14), Cambria (11), and Zoë (7).
I am a pastor at heart (having full-time pastored for 14 years in rural ND and MN). I hold a M.Div. Honours (specializing in Hebrew Bible and Theology) Providence University College and Theological Seminary in Otterburne, MB, where I served as a Sessional Instructor in Old Testament. I am an Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND. I am also currently a Ph.D. student (ABD) at Bangor University, Wales, UK (School of Theology and Religious Studies) writing in Pentecostal Biblical Studies (“A Theology of the Spirit in the Former Prophets: A Pentecostal Perspective”).
I love reading theology and biblical studies: particularly the works of Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, T. F. Torrance, Brevard Childs and (a favorite Church Father) Tertullian, though I’ve also found myself enjoying (even when disagreeing with and writing about) N. T. Wright and John Walton. I particularly enjoy listening to the preaching and lectures of John Piper, Don Carson and N. T. Wright and consider myself to be theologically Reformed and Pentecostal. In relation to this I co-author a blog with several friends called I Heart Barth where we discuss Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, but also the works of Bonhoeffer, Wright and any other theologian that tickles our fancy.
I currently serve as 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 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, and International Bonhoeffer Society.