I came to Nativity in March of 1981. My wife, Cheryl, and I live in St. Anthony Village where we raised two daughters, Kristin and Elizabeth. We share our empty nest with a long-haired dachshund named Willy. Kristin died in 2005. Elizabeth is married to Mark Kimble and they have two children, Charlotte and Alice. They live nearby in New Brighton, Minnesota.
I was raised in rural Wisconsin about 45 miles north of Milwaukee near Kewaskum, where dairy farms dotted the landscape. After graduating from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Cheryl and I married and moved to St. Louis, Missouri where I attended Christ Seminary – Seminex. An internship (student pastor) brought us to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota where we fell in love with the state and its people.
Nativity Lutheran Church, St. Anthony Village, MN called me to serve as assistant to Pastor Gerald Hoffman in March of 1981, and I was ordained in February of 1982, becoming an Associate Pastor. On February 1, 2000, Nativity called me to serve as senior pastor.
I love serving my Lord Jesus and His church. The world and its people need what God has to offer and I feel privileged and humbled with the task of bringing it to the world. Nativity is an energetic, innovative community with a heart for service.
My wife and I love to walk and enjoy the outdoors and garden together. Cheryl worked as a registered nurse for many years but is now following her passion for cooking and caring for our granddaughters two days a week.
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