Born and raised in Hastings, Nebraska
BA – Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska
M. Div. – Central Lutheran Theological Seminary, Fremont, Nebraska
Served as Lutheran Pastor:
Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, large metropolitan congregation in Omaha, Nebraska; associate pastor, director of Youth & Christian Education and heavily involved in communication and outreach programs
First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hastings, Nebraska, senior pastor in large mid-state congregation
Assistant to the bishop of Nebraska Synod, Omaha, Nebraska; oversight of 100 congregations with an emphasis on stewardship and planning the annual assemblies for statewide gathering of congregations
After retirement, trained at Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, for Intentional Interim Ministry. Following certification, this coursework led to four full and part-time appointments helping congregations between regularly called pastors, some in normal situations and some in more difficult circumstances, all in Nebraska.
Desert Cross Lutheran Church, Tempe, 2012-13
Senior Transitional Pastor, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Phoenix, 2013-15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Flagstaff, 2015-16
Celebration Lutheran Church, Peoria, 2017-18
Moved with his wife Kathy to Sun City West in 2009. They have two children, a son in Omaha, a daughter in Montrose, Colorado, and three granddaughters.