Teen and Young Adults Director
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Waterloo, IA, raised in Lee's Summit, MO.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Lee's Summit Highschool. After HS I joined the Army and served with the 82nd Airborne and 25th Infantry Division. After being medically discharged God gave me the opportunity to become an Air Traffic Controller for 15 years. God has now called me to become a pastor and I am currently studying at Living Faith Bible Institute.
Talk about your family.
My wife, Amanda and I met in high school and we married shortly after in 2003. We have 3 beautiful children Elana, Ean and Wyatt.
When did you become a Christian?
I was raised in the Lutheran church and knew a lot of facts about God and Jesus but did not know Him personally. After going through some difficult times in college, I began a prolonged search for life’s meaning and eventually became a Christian in August of 1988. Jesus was no longer a historical figure but my personal Lord and Savior. My life hasn’t been the same since.
In a sentence or two describe your primary responsibilities at Grace?
I am the senior pastor at Grace and handle most of the preaching ministry at the church. In addition, I also participate in the praise and worship ministry at Grace.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…” Solomon
What is your favorite passage in the Bible?
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
What is your favorite book besides the Bible?
Fiction: “The Hobbit”. Read it in 8th grade and it caused me to fall in love with reading.
Non-Fiction: “Radical” by David Platt. “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” by John Ortberg.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with my beautiful wife and family. Read. Play golf. Watch movies. Workout. Work in my yard.
What is your favorite movie?
Two Towers – the second movie in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. The biblical undertones in that movie are classic.