Bio

I grew up in rural Indiana, never dreaming that I would end up living and pastoring in an urban center. But in God’s plan in 1997 I came to Wheaton College in the western suburbs of Chicago in order to prepare for pastoral ministry – what I sensed God calling me to since I was 15 years old. I remember my time at Wheaton fondly as a time when God brought the Bible and theology alive to me, introduced me to the broader world of Christian thought, prepared me heart for leadership in the church, and exposed me to the mission field that is the city. It was there that I also met my wife, Andrea, and we married in June of 2002. I received a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Wheaton and continued at the graduate school there, obtaining an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis in 2003. I’m currently working on an M.A. in Urban Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Prior to coming to Immanuel as the full-time elder in July of 2004, I was on staff part-time at Evanston Bible Fellowship in Evanston, IL for nearly 2 years while Andrea finished her PhD. in Mathematics from Northwestern University. We have four daughters – Lucy, Mary, Katy, Elly, and Abby – and we live in the Pilsen neighborhood of the UIC Area. In my free time I enjoy reading theology, watching movies, listening to the Cubs, watching and playing sports, riding bikes, gardening, playing with the kids, and talking with Andrea. My deep passion is to see the God of the gospel glorified through His Word being learned, loved, and lived. My favorite quote for pastoral ministry which will give you some insight into me is from Martin Luther:

We should preach the Word, but the results must be left solely to God’s good pleasure… I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything.

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