Jesse Tumblin was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee. After completing a degree at the University of Tennessee and Trinity College Dublin, he moved to Boston in 2009 to begin work on a PhD in history at Boston College. He is currently working on a doctoral dissertation on defense policy in the British Empire in the early twentieth century and the role of security in the making of modern states. Jesse enjoys snowboarding and watching all types of football. He once played drums avidly until apartment life and graduate school sharply circumscribed his habits. He reads and rereads Tolkien’s corpus regularly. Jesse and his wife Nicole have been members at the Redeemer since they moved from Tennessee in 2009. They enjoy parish life and are currently assisting with the 2013-2014 Confirmation class.