After growing up in Grand Marais, MN, I attended Northwestern College, now University of Northwestern-St. Paul where I graduated with a double major in Biblical Studies and Communications. Shortly after graduation I was married to my wife Traci. We have served side by side in ministry for over 30 years. We have four children and one son in law. We continue to enjoy doing ministry together as a family.
I have been serving in ministry for 25 years in a variety of roles. I began serving in a part time role as a Worship Leader, which ultimately moved to a full-time position in Racine, WI.
After accepting a full-time position as an Associate Minister, I felt led to further my education so as to be more equipped for ministry. I enrolled at Liberty University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Church Leadership Studies and was ordained as a Pastor shortly after.
The Lord called me back to the Twin Cities area, where I have served as a Lead Pastor for the last 5 years. I am excited for a new beginning, as I have been called to lead Living Faith Church as their Lead Pastor.
There are so many parts of my job that are great, but I love to bring the Word to life. The Bible is full of truth that is transformational at its core. One of the blessings of my job is seeing that transformational truth intersect with our lives and begin that process of making us more like the person Jesus wants us to be.
More of Him… Less of Me!
I’ve had the honor of working with Living Faith Church for over 21 years. What youth face and how they face it has changed over these years. However, the importance of youth ministries has not lessened. In fact, I would say a strong youth program is more important to the local church now than ever. It’s more important now because we want to encourage the next generation to own the church. We want to develop programs that give youth and young adults opportunities to lead.
In 1994, I started my first part-time paid youth ministry position and had a few years of large church experience. In 1996, I graduated from Northwestern College, now University of Northwestern-St Paul, with a double major in Bible and Youth Ministries. In 1997, I accepted my first full-time youth ministry position at Galilee Baptist Church, now Living Faith Church. Coming to Galilee was a young youth pastor’s dream. I had a number of adult volunteers who wanted to continue to be involved, and eager teens.
Beyond working with children and youth, I get to enjoy so many other aspects of church life, including family and adult ministries, and being part of the adult teaching and preaching teams. I love my staff, our staff meetings and times of prayer, and opportunities to be involved in worship. What a great place to be working!
There's nothing better than walking with families as they grow in a friendship with God. Christ gives purpose and direction in my life, and what a joy it is to see him to do the same in others.
I started my adult life as a summer missionary in northern Minnesota leading VBS and working at an area Bible camp. In my early 20’s, I was heavily involved with the singles ministry at First Covenant Church in downtown Minneapolis.
In 1985, Dennis and I started attending Living Faith Church. We had just moved to the area and were looking for a church to raise our family in.
God has taught me that regardless of our circumstances, He will meet us where we are. In my case, it was raising a medically fragile child. It has taught me to be sensitive to those who are going through difficult times and hopefully be a support by encouraging them with God’s love.
God has been gracious in providing jobs that were flexible and worked well with my family. My career has consisted of about 29 years working in clinical database development, systems development and integration, and data management. As Administrative Assistant here at Living Faith, I have the opportunity to serve multiple roles. If you have question, feel free to contact the church office and I will work to get you the information you need.
I have been blessed to grow up in Living Faith Church since I was born. I have seen changes come and go in the church, and I can now say I was a part of one, becoming the worship director here. I'm passionate about music, so being able to bring what I love, and use it to serve the Lord and His church, fill me with joy like few other things can.
I went to school at The Art Institutes International of Minnesota (try saying that five times fast), graduated with a degree in Media Arts and Animation, and am currently also working at Drive Thru Productions, helping them with CG elements in commercials. Music, however, has continued to pull me towards something more. Having led the youth's worship team during my time in high school, and leading the Sunday services as a volunteer on and off, becoming the worship director here was really a no-brainer for me.
I believe that music is a gift from God that few other things match. You're able to express your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions in a way that can't be compared or explained with mere words, and share that expression freely. I love hearing from others when music moves them, gets them thinking, because it means so much more than we normally understand. Abiding in that music that God gives to us, and being able to set those thoughts into motion with the songs we play at church is truly a blessing.
My family and I began attending Living Faith Church in the spring of 2011. At that time, it was the children’s and youth ministries that caught our attention. It has been a great place for our children to learn and grow in their relationship with the Lord and develop long term friendships. Over the years that has happened for me as well. I’m thankful to be a part of this church.
Prior to coming to LFC, I was involved in two different church plants as well as other established churches. I volunteered in many different roles, but always in children’s ministries. I enjoy working with children of all ages.
My working career began with data entry/customer service. I was blessed to be able to be at home full time when my kids were young. And I continue to homeschool our youngest child. I am excited to be helping coordinate children’s ministries here at LFC.
The Bible is God’s story of His love and faithfulness to us. God is faithful and no experience is wasted when we let Him work in our lives. I know this to be true in my own life. My prayer for the children of LFC is that they understand God’s great love and faithfulness.
We have lived in the area for 33 years, and have been members of Living Faith for almost that long. We've enjoyed our association with the people at LFC as custodians for the past 10 years.