I was born in Beloit, Wisconsin and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology, then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Political Science, all from the University of Missouri St. Louis. I previously worked for Pella Windows and owned my own construction business.
In 2005, I received a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and was ordained on July 24, 2005. I was pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Claremont, Minnesota before coming to Holy Cross in June of 2011.
I enjoy cooking, grilling, and barbecuing outdoors (year round!), gardening, sports (my favorite teams are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburg Steelers), woodworking, reading mystery novels, and spending time with family. My wife, Trish, and I have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.
Bible verse of the month
2 Peter 3:10-13….. “the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”
Prayer of the month
Lord God, thank You for taking the heat of eternal death away from us and giving us Your cooling grace, mercy, and love that’s only in and with You.. Grant that we may let You use us to lead others to Your home both here and now, and forever. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.