I was born a Lutheran, attended a Mennonite college, have been part of the Christian Reformed Church for the past 20 years, and regularly attend Catholic mass.
I’ve been a member of Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Ames, Iowa, for the past 17 years. I’m a high school Sunday School teacher, Children & Worship leader, worship planner, and faculty advisor for Areopagus, our campus ministry at Iowa State University.
I started this blog to share notes and reflections about worship, using art and music in Sunday school classes, Reformed hymnody, books, campus ministry, gender & the Bible, the intersection of religion and academia (the topic of my research), and other topics connected to my church life. Most of the posts are from notes I’ve made for various ministries I’ve involved in at Trinity.
I’m married to Nancy Berns, author of Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs Us. (Here is her TEDx talk on Beyond Closure). We have two daughters, Lydia (15) and Chloe (12). Our baby boy, Zachariah, went to be with the Lord in 2001.
Nancy and I received Ph.Ds in sociology from the University of Illinois is 1999 and are sociology professors at Drake University and Iowa State University respectively.
— David Schweingruber