I am excited and blessed to be a part of the Harlan community. As the pastor of Christ’s Church there is a great deal for me to learn about the community of Harlan. My path to the pulpit has been anything but typical. After graduating from Lexington High School (NE), I started my adult life at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa where I graduated with a degree in biology. While there, I met and married the love of my life, Amy. Since getting married we have lived in Kwang-ju South Korea; Wayne, Nebraska; Lexington, Kentucky; Squamish, B.C., Canada; and Omaha.
Professionally, I worked in college administration for Cornell College, GeorgetownCollege, Wayne State College, Quest University Canada, the University of Kentucky Asia Centre and Nebraska ChristianCollege. While at the Universityof Kentucky I attended the Patterson School for Diplomacy and International Commerce and received my master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations.
Amy has worked primarily in community and small business development specializing in micro-lending. To her credit, Amy has helped start over 150 businesses in her career mostly in the Lexington, Kentucky area. Amy also worked as the mentoring coordinator at Boys Town. She is currently employed at Myrtue Medical Center. She is a graduate of Cornell College as well. We have two lovely daughters, Lael (9) and Anja (5).
The question that inevitably comes up, given my background, is, “How did I get into ministry?” In 2000, my wife and I separated and divorced. During our divorce, Christ found both of us, separately, and over the next two years He restored us as individuals and then our marriage. The miracle I experienced in my own relationship with Christ was the impetus for my calling into ministry. I was ordained by Christ’s Church on January 15, 2012.
My biblical study has led me to this simple summation: God is asking two things from us…to Love Him and to help Him Love His People. This is what we are doing at Christ’s Church and I invite anyone to come experience God’s love in our little church.