About Me

Professor, writer, God considerer, tech enjoyer, social critic, I live in Fargo, North Dakota where I serve on the religion faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. My position includes teaching, directing the religion major concentration on Faith and Leadership, supervising practical theology and non-profit internships, and considering vocation in the life of the college. In my vast spare time, I’m pursing a PhD in English: Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture at North Dakota State University.

Previously, I served as Director and Mission Developer of the The Project F-M, launching a new young adult faith community, and as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn.

I write stuff. For example, I’ve written several book chapters on practical theology, Bible commentary, and educational leadership. I’ve been published by The Christian Century, Minnesota Public Radio, The Huffington Post, Lectionary Homiletics, Call to Worship, and The Presbyterian Leader.com. I’ve blogged for WorkingPreacher.org, CC Blogs, Patheos.com, and TheThoughtfulChristian.com. I serve as an Associate Editor for Journal for Preachers. My edited book project, Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College is due out fall 2014 from the Alban imprint of Rowman and Littlefield.

I served the national Presbyterian Church (USA) as a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, a group tasked with developing the next hymnal for the denomination. After years of work, the Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal was published in late 2013 to wide acclaim.
I tend to blog on religion, faith, and culture, preaching, politics, the emerging church, digital religion, and sundry items that strike my fancy.

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 wonderful St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

I like sharp cheddar, local beers, and contemporary fiction. I tolerate running and enjoy golf. I’ve been happily married to Megan, a pediatric physician, both brilliant and beautiful, for seven years.

I’m a big fan of your comments as they somewhat justify the hours spent online, so please leave them…courteously.

NB: A link to my continuously updated CV is found here, Adam J. Copeland, Curriculum Vitae.