About Me

 

I am a husband, father,  and pastor living in Dallas, TX.

The Fox and the Hedgehog

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

The Philosopher Isaiah Berlin, drawing on a line from the Ancient Greek poet Achilocus, wrote a famous essay in 1953 entitled “The Hedgehog and the Fox.”  The basic idea is that the fox has a variety of interests; the hedgehog has one stubborn idea.

On this blog, I follow my interest wherever it takes me (like a fox) while always writing in the service of The One Big Thing (like a hedgehog).

What’s that One Big Thing?  You’ll have to read to find out.

 

My Biography

I was born in Virginia.  When I was in first grade, my parents moved as missionaries to Sierra Leone, West Africa, where my dad taught in a Bible college for African pastors, and my mom worked in a maternity clinic.

We moved back to Virginia, where I attended middle and high school.  I went to college at Columbia University in New York City.  After college, I worked for five years as a youth director at a Methodist church in Richmond, VA.  In 2007, my wife and I moved to Dallas so I could attend seminary in Dallas.  I received my Masters of Divinity degree from SMU in May 2011.  While in seminary, I worked part-time as associate pastor at Christ’s Foundry, a small Spanish-language mission congregation in Dallas.  I am married to Elaine, and we have two children.

Munger Place Church

I’ve been the pastor for Munger Place Church since we started in 2010 as the East Dallas campus of Highland Park United Methodist Church.

One of my favorite things to do is officiate weddings. It's a privilege to be a pastor and to be with people cradle to grave. [image credit: www.nbarrettphotography.com]

One of my favorite things to do is officiate weddings. It’s a privilege to be a pastor and to be with people cradle to grave. [image credit: www.nbarrettphotography.com]

Munger is an eclectic congregation with an engaging “Come and See” spirit and a deep appreciation for its neighborhood. For decades the historic Munger Place building housed a struggling congregation, but the new congregation, as a second campus of Highland Park UMC, has experienced remarkable growth and blessing: Munger has an average Sunday worship attendance of over 1,000 people per week, with 47% of the Munger church membership having had no previous church affiliation.

My Sermons

My sermons are posted weekly here.

My Contact Information

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4 comments

Nancy Camise May 30, 2015 - 7:34 pm

I was privileged to hear you speak at the Methodist Conference in Wildwood on Friday and Sat. I was thrilled to hear both sermons you brought to the conference and was anxious to find out more about you and your church. I had attended the conference as a visitor with a dear friend who belongs to the Methodist Church. I belong and serve the Lord in a small country historic church that is of the Presbyterian denomination, but we intend to stand firm for the Lord as long as we are able or until the Lord remains. Will look forward to hearing from you and learn more about your church and your ministry.

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Andrew Forrest May 31, 2015 - 7:21 am

Nancy,

Thanks for writing. I really enjoyed being with the conference these last few days; I hope what I shared will be helpful to folks.

I want to encourage you to stay strong. Your faithfulness really matters. God bless you.

Andrew

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The "E" Word, or, "We Don't Talk About That In Polite Company" - Kimberly Reisman January 25, 2016 - 10:30 am

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Kimberly Reisman ~ The "E" Word, or, We Don't Talk About That in Polite Company - Wesleyan Accent January 28, 2016 - 3:30 am

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