As Executive Director, JR leads the Telos team in developing strategic vision, ministry initiatives, and relationships that reflect and extend the formational aims of Telos. JR is a graduate of Malone University and Fuller Theological Seminary, where he completed a Master’s Degree focused on a missiology of Western Culture and a Doctorate in Missiology exploring the relationship between salvation and discipleship in churches within Post-Christendom.
After 12 years of ministry in diverse local church contexts focused on youth, young adults, and congregational formation, JR co-founded Missio Alliance, a trans-tribal, partnership-driven initiative helping thousands of diverse church leaders connect and engage in formational theological conversations related to God’s mission in our day. During his 8.5 years as Missio’s National Director, he also served as chief convener of a landmark meeting, A Confessing Church Consultation: Discerning a Kingdom Way Forward for American Evangelicals, which produced the book, Calling for a Kingdom Evangelicalism.
As an Anglican priest, JR, and his wife, Amy, serve as Co-Lead Pastors of First Church of the Resurrection, a 200+ year old church in Canton, OH, where they are raising their three children, Aubrey, Junia, and Aidan.