Welcome to my website, an Internet home for my thoughts about religion, technology, education, church, and culture. I’m Adam J. Copeland, professor/student, writer, God considerer, tech enjoyer, whisky drinker, and social critic. I’m skeptical with how often the word “innovation” is thrown around these days, but every real job I’ve ever had has been the first of its kind, so I’ve had to innovate, like it or not (a.k.a. “make mistakes and correct often”).
I’m also a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture at North Dakota State University. Previously, I served as Faculty Director for Faith and Leadership at Concordia College, and as Director and Mission Developer of the The Project F-M, and as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn.
You’ll find 800+ blog posts on this site, but I write elsewhere too. For example, I’ve written 10 book chapters on practical theology, biblical commentary, and educational leadership. Online, I’ve been published by The Christian Century, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Huffington Post.
I served on the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, a group tasked with developing Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal, published in 2013 to wide acclaim.
My latest book, Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship was published August 2017 by Westminster John Knox Press. My previous book, Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College was published in 2014 by Rowman and Littlefield.
A M.Div. graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, I also studied for a year in Ayr, Scotland where I served as Assistant Minister at St. Columba Church in Ayr, Scotland. I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, then spent four years at the delightful St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
I like sharp cheddar, local beers, clean lines, and contemporary fiction. I tolerate running and enjoy golf. I live with my wife Megan, a pediatric physician, in Rochester, Minnesota.
NB: A link to my CV is found here, Adam J. Copeland, Curriculum Vitae.