Although I graduated high school in Colorado, I spent my childhood years in Iowa and small town South Dakota. I came to this area to go to college, and there I fell in love. First, I fell in love with Julie – who is now my wife of 12 years and mother of our four children, as well as a key leader and spiritual mother here at Resurrection. She is amazing. Second, we fell in love with Resurrection. We had both been raised to know and love Jesus, and here our hearts and minds were being opened to the reality of His Bride, the Church. And we fell in love with her. Turns out she, too, is amazing, and I can think of no better way to spend my life than serving as a father to my family and a father to this church.
After several years of attending Resurrection, I became the youth pastor and served in that role for 5 years. I now oversee our Adult Discipleship (esp. small group ministry) and assist with preaching and pastoral care of the congregation. Julie and I have also been involved with music, children’s, healing, and prayer ministries – and even spent a year and a half discerning the call to church plant.
My journey with Jesus is perhaps a very normal one: years of steady, gradual growth punctuated by moments of poignancy. I wish I could say that I never made a mistake and never had seasons of doubt, disobedience, or immaturity. I can’t. I guess even that, too, makes my story more “normal” than we would all be happy to admit. But I can also testify to the reality of God’s love and mercy. I know His tenderness and forgiveness. I have experienced His faithfulness to me even when I was faithless to Him, and the strength that He gives to walk a new life in Him. I believe the good news about Jesus, and I believe the world needs to hear it and see it lived out in the lives of ordinary followers of Jesus. My work is to equip and strengthen the people of God to do just that.