To-Be-FilledMinister of Spiritual Growth
What do you do?
The Minister for Spiritual Growth position is currently being filled. When filled, the Minister for Spiritual Growth will oversee nurture programs for adults, kids, youth, and families. They will also work with various teams to provide many faith-building opportunities for people both new to St Andrew as well as long-time attenders.
How did you end up at Westside Christian School?
Jesus called me here through the saints at St. Andrew when I was assigned as a second-career staff minister out of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Before I studied staff ministry, I had a 23+ year career as a civil engineer in Colorado and California.
What is your theme Bible verse?
Through a series of life experiences, God has taught me that I can do nothing without him. That’s why I love John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Tell us about your family
God has blessed me with a kindred-spirit wife, Mary, two daughters Esther and Sarah, a son-in-law Michael Martens (married to Esther), a son Andrew, and a firstborn child, Peter James, who is with Jesus.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
I’ve never been there, but as a Lord of the Rings fan, I’d love to visit New Zealand where much of the trilogy was filmed.
I received my training at...
As I mentioned previously, I studied at Martin Luther College for a certification in Staff Ministry. I also possess civil engineering degrees from the University of California at Davis (B.S.) and Colorado State University in Fort Collins (M.S.).