I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000 and from Princeton in 2003. I was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2007. I have served as a pastor of churches in New Jersey and Virginia as well as a prison and hospital chaplain. Presently, I am the associate pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.

I met my wife, Ali, in high school in Richmond Virginia. Today she  is a very professional lawyer in Bethesda.

My youngest son, Gabriel, is the funniest guy in the world. He loves swimming and the White Stripes.

My oldest son, Alexander, is a hardcore hiker and recently went through puberty at the age of 9.
I enjoy cooking, traveling, writing and running. I’m also learning (slowly, very slowly) to play the banjo.
But all that may not say as much about me as:
Favorite Bands: Blitzen Trapper, The Black Keys and The Low Anthem
Favorite Movies: Chinatown, The Big Lebowski, Pan’s Labyrinth
Favorite TV Show: The Killing and Battlestar Galactica
Favorite Authors: Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Lynch, Richard Ford
Favorite Smell: Roast Chicken
Favorite Theologian: Karl Barth, St Augustine
If I wasn’t a pastor I’d be a….chef.
I have: a beautiful wife, 2 wonderful sons and 2 crazy Australian Shepherds.

5 responses to Pretenses

  1. Hmm
    Fav bands: Blitzen Trapper, Nena, Beirut
    Fave movies: Midnight in Paris, Once, Anything with Indiana Jones
    Fave smell: roast chicken
    Fave Theologians: St. Augustine, Thomas a Kempis, John MacArthur, Steve Brown
    If I wasn’t a chef, I’d be a…….Pastor. (just kidding, I’m a retired optician who re-invented himself as a Letterpress Printer and runs our churches College Dept. with my Seminary Trained Theologian Wife who happens to look like Olivia Newton John.
    Dogs: Australian Cattle Dogs (ACD with OCD)
    Fav instruments: My trusty Yairi, Irish tin whistle, recorder, mandolin, and banjo. Or any other instrument that can make a cultural German pass for Irish.

    Great to come across your site, Jason.

  2. Tamed Cynic,
    Stumbled onto this site doing a search on liberal fundamentalist,
    Happy I did.

  3. when I said to my wife just now that I wished we lived closer to y’all, she said that the local police / sheriff’s office might have a different view of that.

    anyway, glad I found ya a while back. keep on keeping on.

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