Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago in a devout Roman Catholic home, I attended Catholic Grade School, High School and University. Graduating
ting from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 with a BA in German, I moved to Germany and spent several years at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt, where I lived much but studied little. Returning to Chicago in 2002, I worked for my family’s business for a few years and discovered a love of ballroom dancing. I taught dance for two years in the Chicago Public School district before eventually joining the US Army in 2008. While in the Army I had a dramatic conversion to Jesus Christ at the age of 34. After my time in service, I moved with my family out to La Mirada, CA where I renewed my studies, this time in Christian Apologetics and Theology at Biola University, Talbot School of Theology. I graduated in 2016 with an MA in Apologetics and in 2018 with an MA in Theology, winning the Baker Book Award for Excellence In Theology. I have published articles in academic journals such as Luther RIce Journal of
Christian Studies and the Journal of Christian Legal Thought. I also cocontributed two chapters to Evidence that Demands a Verdict, edited by Josh and Sean McDowell and have published articles for magazines such as Touchstone and online news sites like The Christian Post. I currently live in Orange County, CA with my three boys, Colson, Schaeffer and Clive Costello.