Tim has a significant teaching ministry focusing on issues of racial reconciliation, forgiveness, poverty and urban ministry. As a fifteen year old Tim witnessed the murder of his father during a random robbery. As an adult he reached out to establish relationships with each of the men convicted of the murder. One of those relationships grew into a friendship as Tim helped the man establish a successful life upon release from prison. In his teaching Tim draws on this experience and from over thirty years of living and working among the urban poor.
In the fall of 2013 Tim and his family moved to a small town in Southern Indiana so that he could pursue further studies in Louisville and care for his ailing father-in-law. This move also was an opportunity to begin to experience the context of rural poverty
Tim has a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Master of Divinity in Old Testament Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently a doctoral candidate at Bellarmine University. He is married to Stacy, who was the Media Specialist at The Oaks Academy, and now serves in that role at the Switzerland County School Corp. in Vevay, IN. They have a twenty one-year old son who is currently working as a snowboard instructor in Colorado, and a nineteen-year old daughter who is studying International Affairs at Indiana University.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
of Americans are Living in poverty
Of African americans are living in poverty
Of Americans earn less than $15,000
Million children in the united states are living in poverty
Having Tim at Northview to teach Poverty 101 was invaluable in helping our people understand the nature of poverty and how we all can be a part of the solution. Tim is a gifted teacher with credibility that comes out of his story and life.
Poverty 101 is an educational outreach ministry of Shepherd Community, Inc. aimed at empowering and equipping God’s people to work with individuals and families entrapped in poverty. Shepherd Community’s mission is to Break the Cycle of Poverty on the Eastside of Indianapolis. Accomplishing this mission will require mobilizing an army of churches and volunteers who understand the complexities of poverty in today’s world.
What is poverty? What does it look like in your city? What does it mean to be trapped in poverty? How do I help someone in poverty? Interacting with several researchers and authors (Ruby Payne, Bob Lupton, Corbett & Fikkert, Search Institute, World Vision, Amy Sherman et. al) and incorporating Biblical perspectives and experiences at Shepherd Tim discuss the cyclical nature of poverty and the self-perpetuating nature of the economic classes. We will look at the challenges of breaking the cycle of poverty. We will also discuss the assets needed to break that cycle (which are not limited to finances) and best practices among Christian ministries.
A Sample of Topics
Using his own experiences and Paul’s letter to Philemon, Tim shares about the importance of forgiveness and how to overcome some of the obstacles that keep us from receiving the joy of true forgiveness.
Is it Possible? – Sharing stories of people who have made a difference and looking into Genesis 18, Tim discusses what it means to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of our neighbors.