|Autobiography:||I grew up on a farm in SE Minnesota, was a foreign exchange student in the Philippines, attended Augsburg College for two years before transferring and graduating from Luther College with majors in psychology and business management. Three years out of college I went to Wartburg Theological Seminary where I met my wife, who is also a pastor (on leave from call) in the ELCA. We have four children: Natanael, 17 (has severe epilepsy which is why Laurel is on leave from call), Mikael, 15, Jeremia, 8, and Isak, 6.|
I was instrumental in getting Lutheran World Relief on board with the Coffee Project and have led two of their study trips in Nicaragua. Through my travels I have grown in my understanding of 'liberation movements' whether it is Moses, Jesus, Luther, or Romero. Much of my continuing education has revolved around 'non-traditional' learning opportunities - international travel, writing workshops, and Holden Village. (I was a Sabbatical Grant recipient of the Louisville Institute.)
Currently my community involvement is focused on helping homeless families in the Roseville/Mounds View area in a collaborative effort with the county, school districts, and local churches.
Resurrection honors music and the arts, and balances that with social ministry involvement (Habitat for Humanity, Simpson Shelter, Meals on Wheels, Loaves and Fishes, LSS, Reconciling Works (formerly Lutherans Concerned/North America), and more. We like to partner with existing ministries, building relationships and connections with others.
I like to read, write, garden, work on the house and yard, and play sports with the kids. I love the literature of the early to mid 20th century (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc.) Although I read a lot of theology, I find that reading literature is a good break and a wonderful way to understand and see theological concepts, i.e. sin, grace, forgiveness, love, etc. lived out.
I hope you will consider working with me. This I promise: you will get opportunities at Resurrection that you will not get in many other congregations. While I have only had one contextual education student, this congregation has had many. They take their role seriously in being a teaching congregation. Thank you for your consideration.