Todd’s Bio

My Timeline & Experiences:

  • I was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas, area… specifically living in the towns and cities of Grand Prairie, Midlothian and Irving.
  • I graduated from Chester W. Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas, in 1988.
  • I spent two years training and living as a missionary apprentice through the AIM program of the then called Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock, Texas… lived in Malindi, Kenya, for a year and a half in 1989-1990.
  • I returned to Texas and attended Abilene Christian University, receiving a B.S. in 1994 and an M.S. in 1997
  • After university was completed we worked with a church in East Texas, churches in various parts of Alabama, we planted churches in Tanzania for two years, and worked with more churches back in Texas.
  • We currently live Rockville, Maryland, after I served as Senior Pastor at Church in Bethesda from August of 2007 through December 2015.
  • I currently work for Apple Inc at a local retail store, first in tech support for mobile devices and then for sales and most recently went full-time as a Creative (trainer).
  • 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 have been involved in programming 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 have been 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, and applying for the 2015 Cohort.

2 thoughts on “Todd’s Bio

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


    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.


      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!

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

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