Having grown up on a farm near Stewartville, Minnesota, God in His great wisdom saw fit to call this young boy to serve Him. I went on to college and seminary and then began to pastor a church in 1979. After serving for more the 15 years, God directed us to move to a suburb of Detroit. After pastoring there for more than 13 years God brought us back to Minnesota. It is great to be in the rural setting again.
I was married to Amy in 1972. We have 4 children who are grown and living in Illinois and Michigan. Two daughters are married and we have three grandchildren. So I am married to a grandmother.
At the age of 10, I went through a crisis in my life where my Sunday School teacher was killed suddenly in a small plane crash. I realized the suddenness of life and death. It was on that Sunday that confessed my sins and invited Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior.
My passion is to help people who are struggling in life. I love to see people come to know Jesus Christ and serve Him.
Over the years, I have developed a motto for my life and ministry. People Our Priority and The Bible Our Foundation. I also believe that Ephesians 4:11-16 is my job description as the pastor of this great church.
An interesting fact is that my mother grew up in Jackson. When she was married over 60 years ago, she moved away. We never realized that God would ask us to come, live and serve here.