A native of upstate New York and an alumnus of Houghton College, Jim Vitale is a Master of Divinity student at Luther Seminary and candidate for Word and sacrament ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His concentration is in Children, Youth, and Family ministry. He is currently completing his degree with an internship at the American Church in Berlin, Germany.
During his time in seminary, he has become deeply interested in the intersection between theology and ecology (influenced by Ellen Davis, Jacob Milgrom, Kathryn Schifferdecker) and Christian spiritual formation in the secular age (influenced by Charles Taylor, Andrew Root, and James K. A. Smith).
He lives in Berlin with his wife, Isabel, and son, Ezra.