Back around the turn of the century it looked like a long shot for me to become a Christian, much less to become a pastor. But among other things, God’s grace is surprising. I was raised in a Christian home and was also raised in the church I now have the privilege to serve. However, I walked away from the church and from the Lord at the beginning of high school, and that is putting it mildly. The short of it is that I ran from God, but he ran me down toward the end of college. And in a round about way he brought me back to my home church, which has been a great gift.
Speaking of gifts, in April 2009 God gave me my wonderful wife, Tiffany, who I do not deserve. Since then he has given us 4 wonderful children: Levi (2012), Eva Claire (2014), Sarah (2016), and Hannah (2017). This amounts to a lot of joy and a lot of work! I love the privilege and responsibility of being a husband and father, and take it very seriously. The same goes for the privilege and responsibility of being a pastor.
At Grace Evangelical Church I serve in an assistant pastor role, with various responsibilities. My primary responsibilities involve leading our Men’s Ministry as well as leading a ministry we call The Next Generation, which revolves around a Sunday morning class that I teach for couples and singles in our 30s and 40s. If you would like to visit, we meet at 9:30 in the Brown Room (410). Another one of my most important responsibilities is working through my seminary education in pursuit of ordination. Right now I am somewhere just beyond the middle of an MA in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary.