I am a pastor and writer—but it could be the fault of my DNA.
It turns out I am a distant relative of Laurence Sterne. This is only interesting if you’re into English literature. He was an Anglican priest and author of the first bawdy humour book in English history, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. I too am an Anglican priest and an author. I also struggle to keep my sense of humour in check. But the parallels between Larry and me stop there.
I live in Vancouver, B.C. with my wife Julia and our two daughters. I was once asked to choose between the mountains, ocean, or city. But in Vancouver, we have the trifecta. It helps offset the high cost, transience, and loneliness in one of the “most liveable cities of the world.” Back in 2011, we partnered with Redeemer City to City and many others to start a church downtown. In the heart of our post-Christian city, I am the lead pastor of St. Peter’s Fireside. I am also the Canon of Church Planting for the Anglican Network in Canada. Don’t worry, I had to look up what a Canon is too.
I have a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. My dissertation is titled Toward Joyful Presence: Cultivating the Joy of the Missio Dei. I recently released my first book Rhythms for Life: Spiritual Practices for Who God Made You to Be (InterVarsity Press, September 2020).