With my crew: My wife, Krystal, my boys, Samuel and Noah, and my niece, Jessi. We live in NYC. My wife is an MDiv/MSW student at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University.

With my crew: My wife, Krystal, my boys, Samuel and Noah, and my niece, Jessi. We live in NYC. My wife is an MDiv/MSW student at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University.

ABOUT Michael

I am a theologian working at the intersections of historical and systematic theology in conversation with trauma studies in pursuit of a more comprehensive and relevant embodied life for ecclesial communities in a wounded world.

FORMAL EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts, Bible and Ministry, Oklahoma Christian University
Master of Religious Education, Missional Leadership, Rochester College
Master of Theological Studies (Thesis Track), Theology, Oklahoma Christian University

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2018-2019 Child Defender Fellow, Children’s Defense Fund
2016 Stone-Campbell Journal Promising Scholar Award, Oklahoma Christian University

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
Consultant and Teacher, Wounded.Church
Associate Editor, Journal of Reflective Practice
Program Field Coordinator for Faith Engagement, Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Minister of Preaching and Community Engagement, Central Church of Christ

PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, AND PRESENTATIONS
One Tribe of the Wounded: Black Panther and A Theology of Sin
in Black Panther and Theology, Lexington Books, Forthcoming 2019

The Children are Punished for the Sins [Done to] Their Parents, to the Third and Fourth Generation: A Call for a Theology of Prevention,
Childhood Studies and Religion Unit, 2018 American Academy of Religion Conference

The Care of the Morally Wounded: A Trauma-Informed Account of Sin and Moral Injury,
Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Unit, 2018 American Academy of Religion Conference

Too Wounded to Care: Cultural Moral Injury and Gun Control in American Society,
Beam Chapel, Oklahoma Christian University

Wounded Church: The Theology and Life of the Ecclesial Community in the Midst of Trauma and Suffering,
Dayspring Church of Christ

Without History There is no Future: Digital Humanities, Theological Ethnography, and the Future of Christian History,
2015 Christian College Librarians Conference

Trauma-Informed Ecclesiology: The Embodied Life and Practices of the Church in the Midst of Trauma and Human Suffering,
2015 Christian Scholar’s Conference

AREAS OF RESEARCH AND INTEREST

Theology and Trauma
Systemic Social Change
Child Maltreatment Prevention
Collective Impact Collaborations
Religion and Public Policy
Moral Injury
Church and State
Digital Humanities and Religion
Community and Faith Engagement
The Ethics of Innovation in Technology

 
 

CONTACT ME

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