At Pine Crest Assembly Grounds in Colorado in June of 1950 my pastor said, “Harold, I believe that God is calling you to be a minister” This was the beginning of a journey that led from New Mexico to college in Iowa, to a student pastorate in Minnesota. Then on to United Seminary in Dayton, Ohio for three years where I continued as a student pastor.
After graduation in June of 1963, it was back to Minnesota where for the next 37 years, I served churches in the Minnesota Annual Conference. In June 2000, it was time to retire from active ministry. Maple Grove became our retirement home and Cross Winds became our church home. That first year, I was invited to serve as Pastor Emeritus at Cross Winds, a volunteer position I have filled for the past 15 years. I have sought to serve by preaching, teaching, visiting, working in mission and helping where I am needed at Cross Winds and elsewhere.
In August, 1958 Karen and I were married. We have two children, Linda & Mark. Our five grandchildren range in age from 19-28. Family, church, and VIM service are important parts of our life and ministry together. This life trip has been a great adventure with all the ups and downs that have filled our days. Thanks be to God who leads us on this life-long journey! My guide for ministry and life is John Wesley’s Rule. “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can, in all the places you can. At all the times you can, to all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”