This is my first full time ministry position and I’m really excited to see what God will do through my life and in the lives of those at Stone Ridge. My primary responsibilities include overseeing small groups and first impressions while also helping with FUEL youth and preaching. My goal for both myself, my family, and for Stone Ridge is to break out of our comfort zones and live an active and bold life for Jesus Christ. Regardless of our situations, I believe we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in Decorah.
A little about myself. Lauren and I started dating around the summer of 2010 and got married in 2015. We have two beautiful girls, Lily and Mila. Lauren and I are both originally from St. Louis, Missouri where we went to high school and she went to college. Shortly after I graduated from high school, I was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever which resulted in my aortic heart valve needing to be replaced. In February of 2011 I had open heart surgery and now have a prosthetic heart valve. As difficult as that season of life was, God continues to use it to bring me closer to Him and to strengthen His Kingdom. I enjoy cooking, being outside, video games, and watching my favorite sports teams. I enjoy watching several different sports including baseball, football, and hockey. I follow the St. Louis Cardinals, Iowa State football and basketball, and the St. Louis Blues. I’m a volunteer staff member of God Mode Activated, which is an online ministry designed to bring the Gospel of Jesus to people who play video games. As for my education, I graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2014 and graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2019.
As I have walked with Jesus, there has been one verse that has been a continued comfort in both the good times and the struggles. Revelation 21:4 says this, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Regardless of my circumstances and what happens here on Earth, I know there is a time coming when Jesus will return, when I will spend eternity in Heaven with Him, and I will do nothing but worship the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the God of the universe.