I am originally from a small town in Michigan, and I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in English, in Southern California, at Azusa Pacific University and Chapman University, respectively. I was selected for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program as I began my doctoral work at Baylor University, and I continue my involvement in the Lilly Fellows Program as a faculty representative of Sterling College.

In 2016, I joined the Language and Literature Department at Sterling College in Kansas. In my second year at Sterling, I took on the additional role as Director for the Integration of Faith and Learning. I also serve as a reviews editor at International Journal of Christianity & Education, and I am a contributor at The Liberating Arts.