I was born in Fond Du Lac, WI, and raised in Beaver Dam, WI.  I am the husband of Joanna, the father of Will and Lauryn, and the caretaker of Reese, a very small dog. I enjoy ice hockey, lacrosse, and baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. I have a good sense of humor. I earned a BA in History and Philosophy from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. My professional and academic interests are reformation, colonial and 20th-century history, philosophy of language, preaching, and emerging trends in the church. I moved to Philadelphia in 1991 and spent the next 26 years in Pennsylvania. Joanna and I were married in 1994, our kids are 16 and 12. My first call was in Reading, PA, Joanna’s hometown. I’ve also served as Chaplain and Church Relations Director at Muhlenberg College (a college of the ELCA) in Allentown, PA, and a congregation in Bethlehem, PA. Most recently I was at Trinity in Eau Claire, WI. My favorite Bible verse is Acts 2:42 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” My favorite books of the Bible are Acts and Jonah.  My favorite movies are “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “Field of Dreams”, and “Monty Python’s Search For The Holy Grail”. I like all sorts of music, I am a long time fan of Bob Dylan and anything from the 1980s alternative category. I can’t pick a favorite book, I like non-fiction mostly.  Our family enjoys vacations on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically Chincoteague and Assateauge.