Alex came to faith in Christ in high school, and later studied engineering at Alfred University. He graduated in 1996 and moved to Essex Junction, VT where he worked for IBM and was a member at Christ Memorial Church. In 1999, Alex pursued graduate studies at U.C. Berkeley in Engineering with a view to being a professor and having a ministry with college students. While in Berkeley, He received training in theology and biblical counseling through a leadership development program hosted by Grace Bible Church (with occasional instruction from professors at the Masters College). In the summer of 2004, he was a pastoral intern at Grace Community Church in Gardnerville, NV where he taught and preached regularly to a multi-generational congregation. An evangelical Christian for 18 years, Alex has been involved in lay ministry with singles of all ages in capacities ranging from summer camps to college and high school ministry to preaching and teaching. He has also taught a semester of elementary Greek and performed occasional pulpit supply.
From 2005 through 2007, Alex was an apprentice at The Bethlehem Institute under Pastors John Piper and Tom Steller. The Bethlehem Institute is the seminary-level training program of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN.
Now an Associate Professor of Engineering at California Baptist University, Alex also enjoys theological study and writing. In addition to blogging and writing articles for Boundless, Focus on the Family’s webzine for young adults, he is the general editor of Five Paths to the Love of Your Life, a compilation of essays from evangelical Christians on premarital romance. Alex and his wife wrote With One Voice: Singleness, Dating, and Marriage to the Glory of God, a book based on a six-week Sunday School class Alex taught during his internship in Gardnerville. The book discusses trends in singleness, the biblical normality of marriage for adults, and how one's understanding of masculinity and femininity impacts premarital romance.
Alex’s wife, Marni, is an at-home mom raising their toddler Karis Joy, and is currently expecting their second child in September 2007. She is from the Haugen family in Palo Alto, CA. Marni's brother is Erik Haugen and her parents, Chris and Janet Haugen, both teach at The King's Academy.
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