I was born in Missouri, lived in California, grew up in Arizona, and taught English in Taiwan. When I returned to the States I went to Moody Bible Institute and seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. While at Moody I met my wonderful wife, Marcie, and have been married for 22 years. Marcie and I have three energetic children, Justice (17), Audra (15) and Noah (12). My first job following seminary was as an Associate Pastor leading a ministry for young adults and newly married couples in Illinois. Following my time in Illinois I moved to New Jersey where I served as the Lead Pastor for nearly ten years. In March of 2015 I accepted the call to become Senior Pastor at New Life Church in South Dakota!
My passions include centering everything the church does in the gospel, building a strong sense of community, making disciples and reaching out to others with the love of Jesus Christ.
I am a firm believer that we can never talk or think about the gospel too much. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has drastic implications for how we live out our everyday, mundane lives. We never move on from the gospel, we are spiritually transformed as we abide in the life of Christ on a day-to-day basis.
“The gospel is not just the means by which people get converted but also the way Christians solve their problems and grow. The typical approach to the gospel is to see it as the “ABCs” of Christian doctrine only, the minimum truth required to be saved, the admissions test, the entry point. Then it is understood what we make progress in the Christian life through the application of other (more advanced) biblical principles. If that were the case, then of course we could not do both evangelism and spiritual formation at the same time. Yet the gospel not only is the way we are saved but also is always the solution to every problem and the way to advance at every stage in the Christian life.” -Preaching: Communicating Faith in an age of Skepticism by Tim Keller, P. 119