I was born in Ames, Iowa on November 23, 1979 and grew up in Maple Grove, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis. I have been serving on church staffs since I helped plant a church at the start of 2001. I love people and I am so blessed that God has called me to shepherd and lead! I married my sweetheart, Kristin, almost 9 years ago and we have two young children, Joshua (4) and Rebecca (1). We love hanging out at the zoo or the park and also enjoy having family dance parties in our kitchen! Here are a few things that will help you get to know me:
My Spiritual Gifts: Shepherding, Teaching, Administration. In my ministry experience, God has continued to affirm my gifting in these three areas. My passion is making disciples who learn how to love God and love others.
Strengths: I enjoy overseeing, planning and strategizing. According to the popular Strengths Finder, my top strengths are Strategic, Futuristic and Belief. Tackling a problem, shaping a culture, and casting vision are all activities that excite me! I love helping people find community and helping them discover the unique way that God has shaped them to serve others.
I am very accomplished on the electric guitar and also play a number of other instruments. I have written over 100 songs and recorded 10 albums- many filled with songs written for the local church.
I have been using Photoshop for a few years to create graphics for sermon series and for promotion/advertising purposes. I have also created and edited a number of videos using iMovie that were used for Sunday morning services. I created two different church websites using Wordpress. I’m a social media ninja.