A native of Texas, I was born in Austin where I learned to appreciate good food (there is nothing better than Texas barbecue!) and excellent music. I later moved to southern California where I completed a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am married to Marianne Robins, a French national who teaches in the history department at Westmont College and we have four children: Jeremie, Emma, Jordan, and Lea. I'm a wanna-be foodie, a lover of books, explorer of antiques, and an avid rock climber. I love being a pastor, hearing people's stories and sharing my own, and believe that God is at work at all times and in mysterious ways.