I was born in the small rural community of Amherst, Nebraska. I have kind, loving parents and a terrific younger brother. I attribute much of who I am today to this tight-knit family, as well as to my wonderful and supportive wife, Andrea, and my two sons, Jonathan and Andrew.
My life is a lesson in grace. Much of my younger years were spent in comfortable ignorance of my God and His true identity. My teenage years were filled with rebellion against a religion that I felt was archaic and backwards. When God called me into the pastoral ministry, I don’t think I could have been a more unlikely candidate. Fortunately for me, God thought otherwise.
The last several years of my life have been spent in the earnest pursuit of knowledge and an attempt to understand the very faith that I had taken for granted most of my life. When I entered Concordia Theological Seminary, I was confused about God’s desire for my life and was searching for the truth. Since then, I’ve been powerfully transformed through a decade of graduate education, two years of which I served in the field (one as a missionary in Riga, Latvia), and countless hours of prayer and personal study. I received my Doctorate in Missions and Leadership from Concordia Theological Seminary in 2015, and have learned much about God’s Word and the world around us from my time in this program.
I am currently serving as Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in York, Nebraska. In addition to my service to the congregation, I help serve the school that Faith owns with Emmanuel, the other LCMS congregation in York. E-F School provides over 50 preschool and 150 day school students each year with a Christ centered, cross focused learning experience. I have been blessed beyond measure through this experience, and I love watching the church grow as I experience my own growth as a pastor. God is good!
Jesus Christ is the most life-transforming, ignorance-shattering reality in my life. I understand that every good thing that has ever happened to me, every blessing that I’ve ever experienced, is due to the perfect death of Jesus Christ upon the cross and His resurrection from the dead. I have been healed by His wounds (1 Peter 2:24), and for me to live is Christ (Philippians 1:21). There is no other.