- Saint Cloud, MN
Living Waters Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids, MN
Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, Minneapolis, MN
What brings you joy in your ministry?
I love music - listening to, singing, playing. Preaching both terrifies and emboldens me, and I feel exhilarated after every sermon I give.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
At a ReconcilingWorks assembly, I saw a portion of the Shower of Stoles, while my former campus pastor told stories of her friends that sacrificed everything to wear them. The countless queer and closeted ministers that fought hard battles to be their full selves in ministry - they inspire me. My fellow queer leaders inspire me. My family, friends, pastors and a rabbi are my guides in faith, and my cloud of witnesses.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
I love all things Star Trek and Star Wars, and absorb too much of both. I play guitar and video games, as well as read books and comics. Exploring Minnesota is one of my favorite pastimes, but I don't do it as often as I'd like.
Best meal you've ever eaten?
Ribeye steak, cooked medium rare, served with garlic mashed potatoes, buttered corn and a tall glass of milk.
I was born in Saint Cloud, but I moved to western Minnesota when I was young. I spent much of my youth surrounded by farm fields and tractors, engaged in school and church. I spent a year of high school in Orange County, CA when my parents divorced, but soon moved back, missing the snow and open prairies of western Minnesota. I attended Minnesota State University Moorhead for a year, where I met my wife Tiffany at Lutheran Campus Ministry. We were married in Bemidji and moved to Saint Cloud two weeks later, where I graduated with my Bachelor of Elective Studies from Saint Cloud State University. We then moved to Luther Seminary, spent a year on internship in Amor, MN, and returned to Saint Cloud where I am currently serving a second internship.
Did you always want to be clergy?
No, but God called me for ministry from early on. My parents met teaching Sunday School, and both were active in church ever since. When I was younger, my mother was a youth director/lay minister, and I was at church every school day and every Sunday for many years. I attended Luther Crest Bible Camp every summer, and was active in youth group/mission trips in high school. It was receiving free meals at Lutheran Campus Ministry - experiencing community and grace from the pastor and students there that sealed the deal for my future in ministry. God certainly works in fabulous and mysterious ways.