I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee with my daughter.
I am currently a Systems Engineer for EDB. Previous to that, I was a Systems and Cybersecurity Engineer for EPB, the nation’s first ISP to provide 1Gbps (and now, 10Gbps) to the home. (Yes, I know how ironic it is that I went from working for EPB to working for EDB).
I’m also the founder of Barred Owl Web, a company that provides fully managed Virtual Private Servers, web hosting, and website development services.
I went to Covenant College. In one of my classes,”Living and Working in a Multi-Cultural Context,” I enjoyed learning about the different types of cultures in the world, and how people communicate. I try to avoid terms such as “serving” or “ministering to” because I believe that these notions build a wrong attitude in the person doing development work. It really isn’t about me and my ideas. Instead, community development must be about building healthy relationships.
Bryant Myers writes in his book, Walking With the Poor, “Poverty is a result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.”
I enjoy running, hiking, cooking, computer security research, expanding my Linux & server administration skills, reading, and spending time with my wife and my friends. I also enjoy quail hunting and fishing, although I haven’t been nearly as often in recent years as I did growing up.
One of my favorite quotes is by Duane Elmer, in his book Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry: “Love is culturally defined. When we truly love others, we love them in their own context, in keeping with the way they define love. We can’t express love in a vacuum. It can be expressed egocentrically (my way) or sociocentrically (as the other person would define love).“