We have a Big Announcement: We are moving to Belgium! A country filled with European history which also happens to be the land of bicycles, chocolate, and gourmet beer—things which we tend to enjoy on occasion. However, that is not the draw for us! We truly feel God calling us in this direction and Lord willing we will be flying to Belgium this July, and staying for the next 3-4 years.
If you have known me (Michael) for more than 10 minutes, you know my passion for teaching truth and wisdom, and that I pour my heart into my students. Becoming a professor with these values has always been my dream, and the world renowned faculty of Theology and Philosophy at KU Leuven will help me get there. During my conversations with the Faculty, I made it very clear that I will be writing my dissertation on the idea of church reconciliation between Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians, and they were intrigued to hear my thoughts and invite me to study with them. We believe that Church reconciliation is a possible impossibility, and we will continue pursuing reconciliation by faith, knowing that we worship the God of the impossible.
My wife (Sara) loves to serve others and wants to use this opportunity in Belgium to become involved with student life and the local church. At the same time, she will also continue pursuing her love for competitive cycling and is hoping to continue working in the fitness industry when we move (she has been a personal trainer for the last 4 years). None of this would be possible were it not for Sara’s continually love and support.
KU Leuven is located in Leuven, Belgium (about 25 minutes east of Brussels) and was founded in 1425, making it the oldest Catholic university in the world. KU Leuven is a fantastic university and we are incredibly excited for this opportunity to possibly earn a PhD in the next 3-4 years. The difficult part is leaving our family and friends. The people of Portland have truly impacted our lives in a wonderful way. We will miss you tremendously and we will certainly welcome if you ever decide to come visit us in Belgium. Please sign up for email updates so that you can follow us and pray for us during our journey.
All our love,
Michael & Sara