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
Come and meet our inter-generational family! God’s Word as contained in the Bible uses the words family or families 285 times. In God’s creative plan the family is the heart and center of His creation…..Psalm 68:6- “God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those which are bound with chains, but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.”…. Psalm 107:41- “But He lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.”… 2 Timothy 1:5- “I have been reminded of your sincere faith which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and I am persuaded now lives in you also.”…..2 Timothy 3:14-15- “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.”….Ruth 1:16- “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”…Our families may vary in size-some involve 2 generations, most involve 3 generations and some even 4 or 5 generations. Our family here at Holy Cross into which God had placed us can and should be a blessing to all the members as we build up each other in our saving faith in Jesus Christ….Our vision is to connect people with Jesus Christ and each other through worship, learning and service, and above all-love each other as God loves us.
Prayer of the month
Dear Lord God, thank You for bringing us together as one family. Help us you show our love in both big and small ways. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.