I was called to Nativity in the fall of 2017 to serve as Associate Pastor of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. My wife Melissa and I have two daughters: Johanna, born in 2016, and Isla, born in 2018. We also have a mini Australian Shepherd named Layla.
I am a native of the Twin Cities, and grew up in Eagan. I attended Luther College in Decorah, IA where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Just a few months after graduating, I began my coursework at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul. I graduated from Luther Seminary in 2014, earning a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry.
For my first call, I served as the Pastor of First Lutheran Church of Hibbing, MN. I served the good people of First Lutheran and the greater Iron Range community for over three years, before God’s call lead me to Nativity.
I have a passion for leading worship and preaching; sharing the good news of God’s grace for all people through the love of Jesus Christ, and encouraging us to continue in the good and challenging work of the church today. I also have a strong passion for youth ministry, and believe that youth are not only the future of the church, but are a vital part of the church today. I love nurturing, challenging, and encouraging youth as they grow in faith.
I love being a pastor of the ELCA. I love Star Wars and superheroes, and am a self-identified geek. I love being active. I love my family and friends. And, as an extrovert, I love meeting new people and having great conversations. So, please don’t hesitate to come say “Hello” because it will probably make my day.
PHONE: 612-781-2766, ext. 1010