Brendan Payne was raised in Seattle by loving parents who have been missionaries, educators, and small business owners, and from them learned how faith and learning work together. After getting his B.A. at Wheaton College (IL, 2008) and his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2012) in the Boston area, he has embarked on the quest of becoming a history professor, and is currently finishing up his studies at Baylor University as a Ph.D. Candidate in History. He loves talking with friends old and new, playing board games, hiking through woodsy mountains, jogging, reading, music, learning new things, and learning with others.