David E. Kresta started his career as a software engineer then began working with business start-ups, but neither satisfied his desire to serve his community.

It bothered him that his career didn’t intersect with his life as a Christian; he wanted to know the answers to big questions about justice and poverty and community thriving. Kresta wanted to understand more about what was happening in neighborhoods, so he earned a Ph.D. in urban studies from Portland State University in Oregon.

In his new book, “Jesus on Main Street,” he combines his faith and his experience in business and urban planning to create a resource manual for congregations interested in contributing to a more just economy. He offers a toolkit of strategies to foster community economic development.