As the new Pastor here at New Life, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to my new church family!
I grew up in the country near Hutchinson (about an hour west of the Cities). I attended public school all my life and graduated from Hutchinson High School. My father was a mechanic and my mother a stay-at-home mom. I have one younger brother who lives South of Prior Lake.
Following High School, I attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. It was there that I met my beautiful wife, Lisa. We had a variety of classes together as our degrees overlapped in some areas. Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. My Bachelor’s degree is in Public Administration. Even though this is a fancy-sounding degree, most people don’t know what it is (I didn’t even know what it meant when I started college!). It is basically a cross between Business and Politics. In other words, it is a degree on how to manage groups of people and help them accomplish their goals. Even though the degree is directed more at working with governmental structures, it certainly also carries over to working with God’s Church!
Throughout my summers of college and between college graduation and getting married, I worked for 3M in Hutchinson. I was a Molding Operator and worked with single-barrel injection molding (that is just a fancy way of saying that I made tape dispensers). So if you have a roll of 3M tape on your desk or in your drawer, there is a very good chance the dispenser came from my department!
Lisa grew up on a farm near Sanborn, MN. She is the youngest of six children and has twelve nieces and nephews. Her siblings all live in Minnesota and are spread out between the Cities and southwestern Minnesota. Her parents have now retired from farming, but still live on the family farm in Sanborn.
We were married before moving to St. Louis, MO, where Pastor attended Concordia Seminary.
We have two children who keep us busy. Our daughter, Lila, is five years old and attends Kindergarten here in Hugo. Our son, Dane, is two years old and will start Preschool next year.
We have spent the last six and a half years serving God at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, MN. We enjoy camping, biking, and having family time.
Now that you know a little bit about me, I look forward to getting to know you in the coming years as we serve our Lord Jesus Christ together!
Pastor enjoys working on the house and car fixing things. Lisa enjoys baking, cooking and working as a Jamberry consultant. Together with their children they enjoy family time, biking and camping.