My hippie parents met at Berkeley in the 1960s. My Dad once chained himself to the gate of a naval base to protest the Vietnam War (he got maced). Before completing their degrees, they moved to Vancouver, Canada, where I was born and raised, so my Dad could avoid the draft.
After high school, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend university and explore my roots. Despite my spiritual thirst, a passion for philosophy, and a latent love of words, my pesky aptitude for math and science suckered me into studying engineering. I worked as a consulting engineer for twenty-four years, and I tried to escape for at least twenty-two.
My most heroic escape attempt was the fifteen years I spent in graduate school between 2001 and 2015, which started at Fuller Theological Seminary where I earned an MDiv (2005), and culminated in a PhD in philosophy from UCLA (2015). My hope was to become an academic, but the financial transition proved too challenging with two soon-to-be-teenage daughters.
One consolation of this slow-motion academic train wreck was my discovery of joy in writing: the dissertation (On Loving Some People More Than Others) was my favorite part of the PhD. After graduating and returning to full-time engineering (*sigh*), I started work on a non-fiction book related to my dissertation. During my research for the book, a novel-sized story dropped in my lap and insisted on being written.
Since 2017, I’ve been working on that project—a literary historical novel that tells a dramatic backstory to Paul’s New Testament letter, Philemon. My original non-fiction project is also on the back-burner: a pop-philosophical-theology book tentatively titled, How to Love Your Neighbor. I’ve studied fiction with the Gotham Writers Workshop, I’m an avid consumer of literary podcasts (e.g., Between the Covers and Writers on Writing), I write occasional articles on Medium, and I blog about whatever catches my fancy.
I served as a Lecturer in philosophy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) during the Spring 2015 and 2016 terms, teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in ethics. I also served as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University during the Fall 2014 and 2015 semesters. I currently work at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (#bestdayjobever) planning Colorado River imports for Southern California.
I enjoy hiking in the mountains, I’m a fan of “the beautiful game”, and I played varsity volleyball during my undergraduate years at Stanford. I live in Pasadena, California, with my wife, two daughters, and an energetic chocolate lab named Hazel, who enjoys tug-of-war, chasing squirrels, and barking at strangers.