I’m a transplant from upstate NY, but I’ve been in Pittsburgh for ten years now, so it’s home. I met my wife, Joanna, in college and we did the “crazy” get-married-in-college thing. We live in Upper Lawrenceville with our sons Gus, and Gabe.
I’m the Church Planter/Teaching Elder at Grace & Peace (aka the Pastor). That means that I wear a lot of hats right now, including teacher, counselor, secretary (to myself), and administrator.
I love catching a Steeler’s or Pirate’s game, talking about local politics, and watching movies with Joanna. I’ve also got some art in my blood (both my parents were stained-glass artists) so I enjoy messing around in with things like painting, drawing and print-making.
I’m excited about seeing what God is going to do with and through us. There are so many opportunities in Pittsburgh, and I can’t wait to see how we will be a blessing to our city.
I recently finished Speaker for the Dead, and that was great. Jo and I did an Oscars date night thing a while back, so we saw 127 Hours and the King’s Speech recently – both were great.
I’m going to have to cop out and pick two places, I’d say its a split between Peppi’s in the Strip, or Thai Gourmet in Bloomfield.
It probably sounds funny but John Calvin, the guy has been painted both as near messiah of the church, and vicious religious fanatic. People either love him or hate him (if they’ve heard of him). It would be great to meet the guy and see how he actually interacted with his church and family.
Lincoln is quoted as saying “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side…” If he said it, I really like that change in perspective coming from one of the most powerful men that was alive at his time.
I’ve done a lot of bad jobs, but none of them for very long. For two weeks in college, I worked for a funeral home as a handy man/cleaner. In the two weeks I worked there I never saw another (live) person.