|Autobiography:||BRIEF AUTOBIOGRAPHIC SKETCH|
In 1999, I completed my undergraduate studies in religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. I attended Luther Seminary graduating in 2003. While at seminary, I completed my internship at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN, worked in the seminary library, served as teaching assistant for NT classes, Koine Greek, and worship. Upon graduation, I served as the associate pastor at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN from 2003-2006, and as the associate pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodstock, GA from 2006-2009. In September of 2009, I received the call to Bethany Lutheran Church.
READING AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
This year I completed my Doctor of Ministry studies at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. My focus is in preaching and worship. My reading interests are in the areas of preaching, worship/liturgy, and New Testament studies, especially the Gospel of John. I am currently working on metaphor in worship and worship.
I have been actively involved in Lutherans Concerned/North America (now ReconcilingWorks), the Reconciling in Christ program, Clergy United for All Families, synodical committees (Southeastern Synod), including Candidacy and a Task Force on Welcoming. At Bethany, we seek to build community involvement with the Seward Neighborhood Coalition, CTUL (fair work issues), Community Emergency Services, Augsburg College, and Synodical missional priorities.
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES
My interests and hobbies include spending time with my family, liturgy and music, basketball, NFL football, cooking, reading, writing, and, of course, fly fishing.