The albatross and the whales they are my brothers……the journey from my roots on the west coast of southern California to the Midwest has been a great adventure that sums up my life so far. It started with my own response as a little punk to the plea of a young pastor who said, "If you don't want to go to hell raise your hand!" 40 years later, after coming to know Christ, having served for 20 years in 2 different churches, then 9 more in Short Term Missions with ReachGlobal-the international missions arm of the EFCA, God has led us "full circle" back into local church ministry here in Menomonie, WI.
A graduate of BIOLA University and Talbot Seminary my love for scripture and passion to communicate God's Word has fueled all of the ministries that we have served in. In addition to the many hats I have worn in "vocational ministry," I have been blessed to have spent a significant span of time working internationally with brothers and sisters in Christ from a wide variety of ethnic heritages. Each time I travel internationally 3 things change in my noggin; my view of scripture, my view of the church and my view of God. Not because they change, but because God changes me.
I grew up just outside of Rochester, Minnesota, and then attended Northwestern College in St. Paul. I completed a degree in biology at Winona State University. After college I realized God was calling me to the ministry and soon after I started working with youth. After seven years of youth ministry, I resigned to pursue further theological training. I attended Denver Seminary and obtained my Masters of Youth and Family Ministries. I am honored to serve as the Pastor of Student Ministries and desire to see students develop a closer relationship with Jesus. I am married to my high-school sweetheart, Stacy, and we have two daughters, Katarina and Annaka. In my free time I enjoy golfing, fishing, and watching and playing sports - but, most importantly cheering on the Vikings!
I grew up on a small dairy farm outside of Whitehall Wisconsin amongst a family of 8. The prayer and teaching of my father and mother led me to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at a very young age. While attending college at UW-Stout I was a student-leader in Campus Crusade for Christ and led the Worship Music Team for over 2 years. My wife Caitlin and I were married in the summer of 2009 and are excited to continue seeking the Lord's will for our lives while residing here in Menomonie.