I was born and raised in Michigan, but don’t hold that against me – I still think of it fondly and consider the U of M to be my college team. I attended high school at MLS (Michigan Lutheran Seminary), one of the two preparatory schools in our church body that encourages and equips future pastors and/or teachers. Then I continued on that path by attending MLC (Martin Luther College), our college that serves the same purpose. There I met Gena, who would eventually, despite many warnings and discouragement from others, become my wife. We were married while I attended WLS (Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary), our seminary which serves as the final leg of our 12-year process of training pastors in the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod), our church body.
Gena and I have four children – Priscilla, Aiden, Neleh, and Garrett. When we have free time, we enjoy ignoring our children while updating our Facebook status or sending out a tweet. When that doesn’t happen, you might find us playing Legos, running back and forth between various sports practices/games, or on a hot date at Beef & Bun. I enjoy tinkering with technology, reading – books both with and without pictures, and may occasionally be found at a local Starbucks. I also play indoor soccer in the evenings when I’m free, or at least run around on the field and pretend like I do.