Originally from Hudson, N.C., Luke D. Townsend went from his family’s small farm to the campus of Appalachian State University where he majored in accounting. During a senior year internship he decided to instead pursue a career in theology, and applied and was accepted to Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., where he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree with a focus on Church History and Systematic Theology. Living in Nashville for four years he served as a Youth Pastor and a teaching assistant at Belmont University, before continuing his theological studies at Saint Louis University. There, from 2012- 2017, he studied Historical Theology, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Medieval Christianity, and Thomas Aquinas, and after defending his dissertation in May 2017, he joined the faculty at Marian University as an Assistant Professor of Theology. He currently lives in Fond du Lac with his wife, Mary Frances, and their dog, Gus.