Rogers City, MI
My first 18 years were spent in the small town of Rogers City in northern Michigan. I was always involved in one sport or another (baseball, basketball, cross country) and was heavily invested in my church, Calvary Bible Church (non-denominational), and in our youth group. Those were formative years as pastors, youth leaders and other parents in my church mentored, discipled and just plain put up with me as a tumultuous teen.
I attended Hillsdale College in southern Michigan, double majoring in Religion and Psychology and was active in Inter-Varsity. After graduation, I continued at my Alma mater as an admission counselor for four years and began to attend Somerset Congregational Church. During that time, I met my future wife, Kim, and we married in 2004. Together, we led the youth group at a SCC. The pastor at the time, John Reist, took me under his wings, mentored me, and gave me all the experience I wanted to test my calling into ministry. He and the church confirmed my calling and sent us forth to seminary.
My desire to attend an evangelistic, academically challenging, denominationally diverse seminary lead Kim and I to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, located just north of Boston. God grew me in wonderful ways through the courses I took and the community of believers in which I was immersed. During our stay, we attended Westgate Church, an EFCA church in the western suburbs of Boston. While attending there, the church called me to stay and join the staff as an associate pastor in 2007. In 2009, Kim and were blessed with two beautiful, amazing kids, Allie and Ryan. We continued out in Boston until the Spring of 2010 when we followed God's call to our old church, back in southern Michigan!