Tim joined the Wartburg community full-time in Fall 2016. Prior to his appointment, he served as an adjunct instructor at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and Wartburg Seminary. Trained as a theologian and scholar of American religion, his current research explores questions of contemporary religious identity and authority in American culture.
His essays and reviews for both academic and popular audiences have appeared in Religion Dispatches, Cross Currents, The Other Journal, The International Journal of Practical Theology, Ecclesial Practices, and Currents in Theology and Mission.
He is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University, Luther Seminary, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Boston University. He is a past Coolidge Fellow at Auburn Seminary & Union Theological Seminary, and Doctoral Fellow at the Louisville Institute. He currently serves on the steering committees of Ecclesial Practices at The American Academy of Religion, the EdTech & Distance Learning Group at the Association of Theological Schools, and the Association of Teaching Theologians (ELCA/ELCIC). He also serves on the Coordinating Committee for the ELCA Theological Roundtable. He is a member of the Association of Practical Theology.
Tim brings ten years of ministry experience to his scholarship having served diverse congregations in Texas, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. He is married to Lindsey Queener, and they live together in Dubuque.
IN266 Lived Theology Seminar (JTerm 2019)
MN250 Foundations of Christian Education (Fall 2018)
MN161 Congregation and Community (Spring 2018)
IN142 Formation for Discipleship (Spring 2018)
“The Possibility of Conflict” in Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Emerging Church Movement, Michael Clawson and April Stace, eds. Pickwick Publications, 2016.
“Improvising with Tradition: A Case (Self) Study” in The Hyphenateds: How Emergence Christianity is Re-Traditioning Mainline Practice, Phil Snider, ed. Chalice Press, 2011.
Andrew Root, Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014) in International Journal of Practical Theology 18:2 (Fall 2014).
David Stowe, No Sympathy For the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (Spring 2014).
Pete Ward, ed. Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography (Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012) in Ecclesial Practice: The Journal (Fall 2013).
General Publications (Selected)
“The Theological Hijacking of Religious Freedom,” Religion Dispatches, April 28, 2015.
“What the Surveys Don’t (and Can’t) Say About the Rise of the ‘Spiritual but not Religious’” (Op Ed), Religion Dispatches, July 21, 2014.
“Twitter and Tragedy: A Revamped American Religious Experience” (Op Ed), Religion News Service/Washington Post, September 13, 2013. Also appeared on Sojourner’s Blog and featured resource on homepage of Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University.
Tim has extensive knowledge in the following categories and is able to serve as a resource on:
- Congregational Studies
- Public Theology
- Christian Education and Formation
- Ministry in Digital Culture
- Technology and Theological Education
- Religion in American Society
- Modern Theology (20th Century to present)
- Theology of Work and Vocation