Who am I, you ask? Good question! Let me try to give you a brief answer:
I am a pilgrim. I can say with John Newton “I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.” God’s grace defines me. Before God gave me a new life, I was a wretched, wicked sinner, justly deserving the sentence of eternal damnation in the fires of hell. But God graciously called me by name, He gave me the faith to believe the good news about Jesus Christ and the salvation offered in Him, and He saved and sealed me with the Holy Spirit. I will forever praise His name!
God has given me a wonderful wife, Amy, and two daughters, Naomi and Esther. He has gifted me for pastoral ministry and given me many opportunities to teach and preach for 15 years. I have had the privilege of serving on staff at several churches in the roles of a pastoral intern, youth director, and assistant pastor for a combined total of 8 years of service.
I am currently serving as the Interim Pastor of Sparta Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sparta, IL. I am a member of the Illiana Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological studies from Covenant College in 2009, and my Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013.
My ministry passions include: equipping the saints for service in God’s kingdom, preaching and teaching the Word of God exegetically, leading small group Bible studies, developing evangelistic and mercy ministries, and praying earnestly with God’s people. I also care deeply about addressing poverty locally and around the world, and about good stewardship of the limited resources God has given to us.
I have many other interests, and my recent activities include: playing neighborhood basketball and ultimate frisbee, enjoying a good game of Catan with friends, reading good books, and hiking.
You may read about my personal philosophy of ministry here!