My journey to ministry started more than a decade ago when I did some youth work during my college years, but it was in 2008 that I took the full plunge into ministry. My wife, Sarah, and I felt God calling us to start a youth group at our rural church in Iowa. It was very challenging at times, but even more rewarding.
After serving at that church for two years, I felt the Lord leading me into full-time ministry, and I believed I needed a seminary education to become more equipped for that work. My family and I then moved to Indiana as I pursued my academic studies. By God’s grace, I graduated from Grace Theological Seminary in 2012 with my Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.
After I graduated I began pastoring part-time at Blue River Community Church in Indiana. I focused on preaching sermons and pastoral visitation while working bi-vocationally. This church was an amazing and loving body that welcomed us in as family and allowed me to grow as a minister. In response to God’s leading, I accepted the call to pastor Ainger Bible Church in June of 2014.
So far, life in Eaton County has been outstanding. My family and I have felt very welcomed in the area and have enjoyed our time so far. Ainger Bible Church is full of godly and wonderful people who have loved my family well.
The Bible is the cornerstone of our churches and Christian lives and it has been such an honor to be able to take God’s Word and challenge His people with it. I have a passion that all people embrace God’s Word and realize the importance it holds in their lives. The Bible is essential for us to build our lives around.
Living in today’s world is difficult. The Bible is needed now, more than ever, for a person to live a godly life in a world that rejects biblical ethics. Equipping Christians with God’s Word will prepare them to handle, in a godly manner, whatever challenges they will face. I believe strongly in preaching biblical messages and encouraging Christians to live in a way that honors our Lord.
Sarah and I have been married for more than ten years. We have five children: Ellie (11), Caleb (9), Isaac (7), Norah (4) and Hazel (1). As a family we feel called to serve God first, whatever it takes.