Todd’s Bio

My Timeline & Experiences:

  • I’m a native Texan.
  • I attended Abilene Christian University earning undergrad and graduate degrees.
  • My wife and I planted churches in rural East Africa for two years, learning about and working within the culture and language of the Sukuma people of Tanzania.
  • Stateside we have worked with a churches in Texas, Alabama and Maryland… those churches have included from Churches of Christ, nondenominational churches to Disciples of Christ and emergent congregations.
  • We currently live Rockville, Maryland, after serving as a local senior pastor in Bethesda, MD, from August of 2007 through December 2015.
  • I’ve been involved with retreats with the Center for Igantian Spirituality and Prayer at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Georgetown, Washington DC, since 2008. This was my first exposure to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius which I have since adapted into individual and congregational experiences.
  • I was a Fellow with the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC, and the Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • I was involved with making art and planning at the WildGoose Festival in 2011, 2012 & 2014.
  • I completed Life Coach training with the church planting organization Mission Alive based in Dallas, Texas, in 2013.
  • In 2014 I became involved with The Reformation Project by reading God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, attending The Reformation Project DC conference (#TRPinDC) in November of 2014.
  • I currently work full-time as a trainer for Apple, and I might be your Uber driver in DC next time you summon a car.
  • It’s been a great pleasure in recent years to attend, soak in and make art with the Missional Voices conference.

2 thoughts on “Todd’s Bio

    Brendan Goeckel said:
    May 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Todd,

    Really enjoyed your services… the few I attended at CIB (watched more online). I appreciate your decision to move, and feel for the congregation you left behind. I don’t think I’ve heard/met to many ministers that refers back to the Biblical text as motivation… they way you did. I was reared in a church in GA that lean heavily on the healing message in the biblical text during sermons, and so few churches seem to focus on that these days. Of course, I was going to my ex-wife’s Catholic church services… so that might explain why.

    I was wondering, does the Episcopal church congregation you’ve joined build their service the same way you did? I truly enjoyed hearing you speak, and if I ever returned to services, I’d like to hear the message delivered in the same thoughtful way.

    Brendan

      reserve7 responded:
      June 6, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Hey Brendan, sorry for the slow reply.

      The congregation we attend has a very good, welcoming feel, and we have several different services with varying levels of formality. The 5pm evening service is very informal and comfortable with a high level of volunteer participation. The messages in all the services also tend to revolve around the themes of healing and acceptance that are so readily available in our scriptures. Please come and visit sometime and be sure to say Hi! http://stjohnsnorwood.org/

      And thanks again for the many kind words.
      Peace, Todd

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