There is a prayer in the United Methodist Hymnal that beats in my heart and guides my steps.
The prayer reads, “New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Lord.”
(United Methodist Hymnal, Order for Morning Praise and Prayer, page 877)
In my life, I have been blessed with daily experiences that have opened my life to the beauty of God’s presence, always working for good in the world. Gazing upon such goodness repeatedly has stirred up in me desires to serve, live peacefully, and devote my days to the ways of Jesus.
It brings me great delight to see God’s goodness at work in the people of the church. Serving as a pastor has been a sacred privilege of sharing life together in ways that have cultivated gratitude, grace, and grit. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:4)
I am thankful to begin ministry with the people of Cross Winds UMC in 2021.
Previously, I served pastorally as an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church in Delano, Prospect Park, and Woodbury MN. I also have been blessed to serve on other church staffs as a Youth Director and Christian Education Director.
I am married to Chad, who serves as a pastor at Delano UMC. Together with our son, we enjoy spending time as a family playing games, biking, birdwatching, enjoying good meals, reading books, visiting with friends, and playing with our dog.