Thank you for taking a moment to visit my corner of the Internet. You may know the flesh-and-blood me already, but if this is not the case, let me introduce myself. I am a rookie Religious Studies Teacher at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas. I teach introductory courses on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the New Testament, and the world’s religions. If you would like to know a little but more about this, please feel free to view my CV.
Simultaneously, I am a Ph.D. candidate in Religion and Theology at the University of Bristol (facilitated through Trinity College Bristol). In 2009 I earned an MA (Biblical and Theological Studies) and in 2012 a Th.M. (emphasis in New Testament Studies) from Western Seminary (Portland, OR), where I served formerly as an adjunct instructor for the Online Campus. In 2005 I complete my BA in Bible and Theology from Christian Life College (Stockton, CA). For those keeping track, that places Anglicanism, Baptistic Evangelicalism, and Pentecostalism as my ecumenical heritage. That being said, my current membership is with the United Methodist Church!
Broadly speaking, my research has focused primarily on incipient Judaism and Christianity. For my dissertation I have been researching the adoption and adaptation of John the Baptist's prophecy concerning "the one who...is coming" by the early Jesus-Movement (working title: Jesus the Baptizer: the reception and interpretation of John the Baptist’s prophecy in early Christianity). Therefore, most of my attention has been given to the study of the historical John the Baptist and the early Baptist-Tradition, the historical Jesus and the early Jesus-Movement, and related subjects such as historiography, philosophy of history, memory and reception, and gospel literature, to name a few. Adjacently, I am interested in various genres of ancient literature (especially Greek, Jewish, and Christian writings); comparative religious studies; philosophy (especially epistemology, ethics, and hermeneutics); and best pedagogical practices. If you have any must-read literature in any of these fields, please share!
Born and raised in northern California (therefore, an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, and to a lesser extent the San Jose Sharks), I now live in San Antonio, TX, with my lovely and brilliant wife Miranda Perez-LePort. Not to be too stereotypical, but my "hobbies" include reading even when I should not be reading, taking walks when the south Texas-temperature allows it, spotting birds, watching TV on Hulu and Netflix, and going to the movie theater during the matinee period, when the prices are less outrageous.
Please browse around the rest of the site where I have a blog, a list of my publications, some online resources, and a page dedicated to pedagogical tools and videos to be used when I teach. If you would like to contact me you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on one of the following social media platforms: