I am a committed Christian who was blessed to grow up in a strong supportive family in rural Iowa. I have lived in the northwest Chicago suburbs since 1988 where I currently live with my wife, Kay, and our three children. We are actively involved in our church, scouting and community activities.
I am a 1992 graduate of Trinity College, (now Trinity International University) in Bannockburn, Illinois with a B.A. in Youth Ministry, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1996 with an Master of Divinity (emphasis in Christian Education) and am currently a student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Doctor of Ministry program (concentration in Pastoral Ministries). I worked in the field of Physical Security for over 20 years, including 9 years when I served as a Director. I have worked in general maintenance from 2011 – 2014, when I moved to grounds, and have served since July 2016 as the Lead Groundskeeper. My other jobs have included, food service cook and server, custodian, camp counselor, farm hand and pulpit supply speaker.
I have been active in teaching and music ministry in the church for over 30 years and have been a guest speaker and provided pulpit supply at churches, youth meeting, and retreats. In addition, I have served as Chaplain for local Boy Scout troop. I currently serve as a leader for a local Trail Life USA troop, a hospital chapel service coordinator – including regular speaking, and a pulpit supply speaker.
The areas of ministry for which I have a passion are family and community. I believe family is the foundational relationship system which God created. All other relationships are directly impacted by how we relate to our families. What is more, the family is the model of the relationship between God and his people. We are called the children of God and He is our Father.
Community takes these relationships to a next level as we begin to move outside the family. I see the role of community in the lives of believers as three-fold: 1) between the members of the local church – It is only through the genuine relationship of a real community can we truly grow to be the family that we are called to be by God, 2) between churches – We need to see that our mission is common, to reach a world in need of Christ and that we are not in competition with one another, but rather, should each use our strengths to accomplish the mission God has given us, and 3) with the outside surrounding community – No matter how much community we may have within, if we do not step outside our walls and become part of the surrounding community we can never accomplish the mission God has called us to do.
My areas of specialty are preaching, teaching, family ministry, youth ministry, public speaking, community service, community building, strategic planning and emergency management. I have spoken on a variety of subjects ranging from “What is an Evangelical?” to self-defense.
In addition, I have several years musical training and experience, having minored in music. I studied voice professionally and have a passion for the hymns of the church. While I love the hymns, this does not mean that I am opposed to contemporary worship. I believe there is a place for both. I believe that whatever style of music you use to worship, the most important thing is to have music that contains solid biblical and theological truths.
If you would be interested in my speaking at your church or event, you may contact me through the information on the contact page.