D.J. lives in Salem, OR with his wife Gabi, son Kaden and daughter Clara, where he serves as the south area Lightning Rod at Salem Leadership Foundation. D.J. is the senior pastor with the Salem Missional Communities and has extensive experience developing creative missional communities as a church planter and coach. D.J. earned his M.Div from Portland Seminary.
D.J.’s particular focus as Street Psalms Senior Fellow is how to engage local churches in neighborhood focused missional initiatives. D.J.’s expertise is in poverty awareness education and developing advocates for youth and adult experiencing homelessness.
D.J. has an unbroken 22 year streak of taking Middle School students to summer camp.