April 20th will be my last day working as a contractor for Comcast on Xfinity Home. In some ways, it’s a transition that’s been in process since December. However, in many ways this is a transition I began several years ago, before I even started at Comcast and, in fact, before I graduated college.
So where am I going? The answer is in this post, and you’re probably going to scan for it before reading the rest of the post (hint: It’ll be in bold), but I want to preface it with a little bit of my story.
The Road from Here to There
It’s no secret that my faith in Jesus is important to me – in fact, I go out of my way to make sure it’s not a secret. I’m sure I sound like a broken record to some people. But the simple truth is that I believe the Bible, I believe in Jesus life, death, and resurrection, and I believe it is the most important story we can tell, discuss, and experience. I could (and hope to) write much, much more on those ideas, but my purpose today is much more specific.
Take a look at this tweet that I wrote almost two years ago (before starting at Comcast):
I share that to illustrate how premeditated this job change is. This has been on my mind for a while. Since my senior year at RIT (2012), discussing my dreams with close friends, attending Urbana 12, and constantly asking the question, “How can I use what I’ve been studying at RIT for the sake of the Gospel?”, the intersection between faith and technology has been stuck in my brain in a big way. Much more specifically, I’ve sought an intersection between my faith and my career in technology.
There’s been a lot of iteration since then. I got married. I applied for jobs at a few companies making software for churches. I didn’t get those jobs. I created Kingdom Builders, where I met over 200 people like me. I fought the depression beast (update: I’m winning). And then — those words are poetry to me right now — and then, I went to Hack4Missions at Urbana 15.
At Urbana 15, I found my dream job. This May, I’ll be joining InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA as a Campus Web Developer and a member of the Ministry in Digital Spaces team. I don’t think my tweet from 2014 was prophetic, but in hindsight it shouldn’t surprise me that I’m joining InterVarsity. RIT’s InterVarsity chapter immeasurably transformed my faith, life, and friendships. Urbana 12 and 15 are both close behind my wedding day on the list of most significant events in my life. InterVarsity, from floor to ceiling, is such a dedicated, sincere, love-abundant hub of service to God that I can’t think of a better place to call home.
I’m excited to join an organization that’s taking technology, the Internet, and the current digital reshaping of culture so seriously. I’m looking forward to helping college students connect with their faith and share their faith well, no matter what medium that connection uses. I’m excited to write code for Jesus!
Not long after I accepted the position, I had the chance to hear my little sister and her concert choir perform When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, and one verse struck me as the perfect summary for this moment. I may be starting a new job, but much more importantly, I’m responding to a calling, to which I hope to dedicate my life:
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.