In college, I studied for a degree in computer science. While interning for IBM, I realized the computer field was not the way I was called to serve Christ. I left IBM and after college began attending Westminster Theological Seminary.
While in seminary, I became interested in student ministry. I was a part-time and full-time youth pastor until God shaped a new desire in my heart. This new desire was to lead and preach in a local church.
My wife was not raised in a Christian home. In her mid-twenties, while at a low point in her life, she came across a pamphlet which explained the Four Spiritual Laws. As she read it, God touched her heart and she asked Christ into her life. She began attending a Free Methodist Church where she was discipled in her faith by an older Christian couple. She attended the church and was part of a small group Bible study for the next 3 years.
We met while attending the Willow Creek Community Church singles ministry. She knew I was studying for the ministry and as our relationship progressed, so did her excitement for the potential of serving Christ together. Today her primary ministry is raising our three children. She is a natural encourager, enjoys helping behind the scenes and is energized by displaying acts of kindness towards those in need. She has a college education but stopped short of receiving her diploma. Before our marriage, she was part of a team that managed computer security at the national headquarters of Hewitt Associates in Deerfield, Illinois.
The Church We Serve
I have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor of CrossWinds Church (www.faithefree.com). CrossWinds Church is an Evangelical Free Church with campuses in Spirit Lake and Spencer, IA. The church is driven by the mission of passion for God, compassion for our neighbor and reaching our region, and beyond, with the life changing message of Jesus Christ.