I grew up in Michigan and Indiana, in a conservative Christian community. I attended small public schools and was good in math and science, so I was encouraged to become a high school teacher in those subjects. After an undergraduate degree in education from a small Christian college, my wife and I taught at a school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. There I started reading literature more seriously and was attracted to the big ideas of Dostoyevski and Tolstoy. We came back to the States and I went to graduate school in philosophy. After teaching philosophy at my undergrad institution, I left to work at BioLogos.