Todd was born and raised in northeast Ohio, but his modest height and relative lack of speed, strength, and agility set him on a different path than his fellow West Akronite, 4-time NBA MVP LeBron James. Raised Catholic (of the post-Vatican II sort that might include a John Denver song at your baptism), Todd fell in, as a University of Chicago undergrad, with a group of folks who thought that God spoke to them and healed people (which he thought he should probably investigate) and soon found himself helping to plant the Hyde Park Vineyard. He’s been in the Vineyard ever since. Todd did an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, following which he moved to New Haven where he met his now-wife Michelle in a homegroup that would later grow into the Elm City Vineyard. After a short stint on the staff of the NYC Vineyard (now Vineyard ONE), Todd followed Michelle to San Diego to marry her, tutor students at City College, make sausage, and eat fish tacos, among other things. They returned to New Haven just in time for the launch of the Elm City Vineyard as Todd started a Ph.D. program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary in New York, a program (successfully) concluded approximately a decade later with three kiddos added along the way. Todd is a founding steering committee member of the Society of Vineyard Scholars and has served as an ECV elder and in a wide range of other ministries over the life of the church. He joined the pastoral staff in 2019 with a focus on YDS students and others pursuing theological education and vocational discernment in and around the Vineyard.
Though Todd has lived on the East Coast for more than 15 years now, he can’t bring himself to root for one of those regularly successful, big payroll teams in New York or Boston. Though he’s retired his Chief Wahoo cap, he still follows his beloved Cleveland Indians along with the briefly glorious Cleveland Cavaliers and (despite some significant reservations about the NFL and football in general) can’t quite help but pay some attention to the Browns. Todd loves reading, hiking, drinking what the kids these days are calling “craft beer,” and shouting encouragingly from the sidelines at his children’s baseball, basketball, and soccer games. His kids are solid athletes, to be sure, but he suspects that they have a somewhat less bright future than the James kids do in professional basketball, all the same.