I am told that this is what my first name, “Winthrop,” means: “From the Village of a Friend.” I suppose that this is a pretty good name for a pastor to have, not that my parents had any expectations of me in that direction. And so, I come from the Village — from the Kingdom, more truly — of Christ and I have been sent with a message to proclaim to all who are given ears to hear. That is my calling and my desire. As one pastor once put it, “it is my vocation, my avocation, and my vacation.” There are few things that I love more than teaching people about the Word of God. By passion, I am a teacher, but I also have a heart for the people of God, which means that I am very much a pastor — or the “pastor-teacher” of which Paul writes in Ephesians 4:11.
Teaching is not just done from the pulpit, though. As a shepherd feeds his flock daily, so too a pastor should find ways to guide the spiritual lives of his congregation on a daily basis. The primary way in which I do this is through writing. I began writing devotions for congregations I served pulpit supply back in my seminary days and I continue to do so today. Many of these have been compiled and reworked into books that can be found on Amazon. To accompany the expositions of scripture, I have also written a number of short theological pieces, all with the goal of equipping the people of God to live our their calling as the church.
So, what else might you want to know? I am an ordained minister in the ReformedChurch in the United States (RCUS) and have been in full time ministry since I graduated seminary in 2006. In 2005, I was also privileged with the opportunity to begin teaching Systematic and Historical Theology at a mission seminary in Ukraine operated by Reformed International Theological Education (RITE) where I continue to teach, serve on the Board of Directors, and oversee the Masters’ Degree program. I am also on the Advisory Board for The North American Reformed Seminary (TNARS).
At heart, I am a country-boy. I enjoy working in my garden and splitting firewood with an axe (though as I get older, those pneumatic log splitters are starting to look pretty attractive). I home-can much of what I grow in the garden and I enjoy cooking as well as very spicy food. My favorite character from fiction is Sherlock Holmes, my favorite theologian is John Dick, and my favorite Apologist is C.S. Lewis. I read widely, but the majority of my personal reading revolves around systematic theology and philosophy.