A series of academic fits and starts led to an eventual bestowal of a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in September, 2004. His culminating thesis was entitled [http://www.jeffholton.com/papers/HOLTON%20Orthodox-Protestant%20Dialogue.pdf ''Orthodox-Protestant Dialogue: An Analysis of a Subset of East-West Historical and Contemporary Interactions and a Justification for Orthodox Participation Therein,''] a paper written for and with Dr. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinnen. He continues to be driven by a strong, deep desire to see Christians of various identifications maintain positive dialogue with one another towards the eventual inclusion of all into the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church.
Holton works in
sales and training for a construction software company in Livermore, California, where he resides. He enjoys playing with his guitar and with his children, but not necessarily in that order. "Children are harder to tune," he says, "but the melodies are a little more interesting, unpredictible, and jazzy." He attends and serves as Parliamentarian on the Parish Council of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in Castro Valley, CA, with his son and daughter, his wife, and his wife's parents. He can be found during the first weekend of October in the festival kitchen, feverishly chopping and slicing cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions for [[gyros]], and futilely attempting to cheer "Opa!" (still) with no discernible American accent.
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