I was born in Orange, Texas and later moved to Grundy Center, IA. I went to Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and graduated with a major in Social Work. I then went to Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA where I received my Masters of Divinity. My father is a retired Lutheran pastor. I come from a long line of Lutheran pastors: fourth generation on my mom’s side and fifth on my dad’s. I have a younger sister and brother who live in Minnesota and Spain.
I met my wife, Nancy while working two summers at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Iowa. I was a counselor and she was one of the camp nurses. Nancy graduated from St. Olaf with a nursing degree. She worked a few years as a nurse but then became a paraprofessional in the school system working mostly with kids with special needs.
We have two adult children, two grand-daughters plus a grand-dog. Our oldest, Steven is married to Lindsay and they have two daughters, Alice Pearl and Violet Noelle. Steven is an ELCA pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, MN and is a Lindsay Registered Nurse in the Twin Cities. Our daughter, Rachel has her Master of Arts degree in Youth and Family Ministry and works as a Front Office Administrator and Event Planner at the Saint Paul Area Synod. Her husband, Lucas Holsten is an ELCA Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran in Burkhardt, WI. They live in Stillwater, MN.
My faith journey began when I was baptized Jan. 18th, 1959. My faith was nurtured by parents, grandparents, Sunday School and Confirmation teachers and Bible Camp both as a camper and counselor. I felt called to be a pastor while in college. My favorite verse is Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
I have served as a solo pastor, youth and family pastor and education pastor at churches in WI (near Viroqua and in Marshfield) and in Iowa (Cedar Falls, Ankeny and Burlington.) Hobbies include: riding bike, going on walks, reading (fiction and fantasy/science fiction), watching and cheering the Packers and watching movies. We enjoy spending time with our family.