Meet our Pastors
After graduating from the University of Iowa, I attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. My wife, Lois, serves in the public schools as a high school mathematics teacher. We have four children and six grandchildren. I came to St. Luke’s in 1998, having served a congregation in Iowa for 10 years. In addition to being Senior Pastor, my main areas of responsibility include oversight of the Board for Stewardship, Board of Trustees, and School Board.Believe it or not? I am a life-long believer in Jesus Christ but actively resisted ever becoming a pastor, or at least a stereotypical pastor.
Born in El Paso, TX, I grew up near the “other” Disney site, the city of Anaheim, CA. After attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, I was called to a congregation in the Garden State: New Jersey. My wife, Ruth, works as a preschool teacher at St. Luke’s. We have four wonderful children. My main area of responsibility is Director of Outreach. This includes oversight of the Board for Evangelism, its outreach components, and includes development of the multi-site locations in Chuluota and Sanford.
Believe it or not? I met “Jersey Girl” wife while serving in Randolph, NJ.
Prior to completing pastoral training at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, I completed my Bachelor’s at the University of Northern Colorado and an elementary teaching endorsement at Concordia University in Seward, NE. The two Lutheran elementary schools I served were at opposite ends of the nation. One was in west Texas and the other in Alexandria, VA, about 15 minutes from the White House. After serving St. Luke’s as a Vicar, I began my ministry at St. Luke’s in 2000. The Board of Elders and Board for Human Care are my main areas of responsibility. In addition, I maintain a close connection with the educational opportunities offered at St. Luke’s.
Believe it or not? I was raised in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, CO where weekly ski lessons were part of the PE curriculum.