Greetings Grace Covenant! I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve as your next Senior Pastor starting in January. I’m looking forward to meeting you and seeing you at one of our worship services! Below I have written a little bit about me and about my heart for ministry with you.
The very first and most important fact about me is I am a child of the most high God and follower of Jesus Christ. While my story of faith is a story I hope to fully share as I get to know all of you better in the coming months and years at Grace, I came to faith in Jesus in my early years in undergraduate school. The second fact about me is that on May 23 of this coming year I am getting married to the most wonderful, wise, and beautiful woman on the planet (I am biased), Emily. I have an Australian Shepherd named Milo, I love to golf, explore coffee shops, and Emily has even convinced me that shopping at outlet malls can sometimes be fun and entertaining!
On the professional side, I was ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2018 and I have my Masters of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary (2015). I currently reside at Lake Beauty Bible Camp in northern MN as the director of Solid Rock Discipleship, a one-year, discipleship school in the Evangelical Covenant Church. At Solid Rock, I am both pastor to the students and also strategic leader for the school. I lead 8 professors, 4 ministry staff, and 1 intern. Much of my time is spent traveling, networking, marketing, recruiting, and in donor development, and preaching in the churches of the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
I want to close this greeting with a slight taste of where I see God leading us together in ministry for the future. In November when I candidated, I preached on Ruth 2. In this chapter Ruth, the Moabite, shows incredible faithfulness and fidelity to the God of Israel, and to her mother-in-law, Naomi, as she leaves her homeland and follows God and her mother-in-law to Bethlehem. That faithfulness is rewarded in the hospitality of Boaz who shows great kindness to Ruth. Ruth’s faithfulness, and Boaz’s hospitality lead to a legacy – a line of descendants that includes King David, and eventually, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Brothers and sisters, my hope for us as we celebrate God’s work through Grace Covenant in the past and present, and strive ahead with the Spirit’s leading into the future, is that we strive ahead with the faithfulness of Ruth and the hospitality of Boaz. May we be faithful to God and to one another, leaving behind what we need to leave behind (anything that’s in the way of our devotion to God) so we can truly follow God together. May we also, for each other and for the broader Lakewood/Denver community, have the hospitality of Boaz, showing and telling the world that there is something uniquely amazing in the One we follow – the one Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In doing both of these, may we leave a legacy of God’s work that extends to future generations.
Have a blessed Holiday season, Merry Christmas, and see you on Sunday, January 5!