I’m just a guy who has been very blessed to be the husband of an incredible woman, the father of three amazing children, and the pastor of a church that loves having fun almost as much as they love Jesus.
I have two graduate and one undergraduate degrees, all in religion, theology and ministry. I’ve also taught college courses in Philosophy, Ethics, the World Religions, and the Old and New Testaments. I’ve been a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod since 2011, but have spent time in nearly every Protestant denomination in between being raised Lutheran and returning to it. The theology is the reason I am Lutheran. I am often in disagreement with certain practices and opinions, but the solid, biblical foundation of our church body and our history of “read, believe, understand” in that specific order is unlike any other I’ve found.
I half-jokingly call myself a “Renegade Lutheran Pastor” because of my time in other denominations, as well as my general lack of affection for things like hymnals, pipe organs, vestments and pulpits, though I absolutely do respect those things. I also prefer to be seen as a regular person first, so that the preconceived ideas about what a pastor is like don’t get in the way of getting to know someone. I myself had to get past these preconceived notions before I would even consider seminary. It was only when my pastor told me that “God isn’t calling you to be ‘that guy,’ He’s calling you to be you” that I was able to see that being a pastor isn’t about being someone else – it’s about love, responsibility and sacrifice. Some days, I even manage all three of those…
At any rate, I love a good movie, I’m a devoted fan of Detroit Tiger baseball and Detroit Lion football, I love to talk practical application of theology, and I live to make people laugh. Hope to see you over in the Comments sections!