Degree and Year:
Master of Divinity Student
Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Professional Background:Staff Assistant and Student Programs Coordinator at Duke's Kenan Institute for Ethics 2011-2013; Master of Divinity Student 2013-2016
How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?:Majoring in English helped shape my identity as a writer, which I know utilize as a preacher, pastor, and social justice advocate. Joe Harris's Creative Nonfiction (English 117AS) was particularly formative. It also cultivated my appreciation for the written word as a medium for heightened consciousness, even sacred encounter. I am thankful for several classes with Victor Strandberg, including a seminar on T.S. Eliot. The "still point" metaphor from Four Quartets has become my central spiritual metaphor as a burgeoning religious leader. Poetry has become especially necessary in my work as a hospital and urban ministry based chaplain.