“[Jesus] said to [Simon Peter], ‘feed my lambs’” – John 21:15
This verse and those that follow have been my guide as pastor ever since I was ordained in August of 1999. People are hungry not only for the food that sustains daily living, but also for the spiritual food that nourishes the heart. My preaching, teaching and worship are motivated by the words of Jesus to feed his lambs. Come to worship at Emmanuel hungry for the Word of God and leave satisfied by the Bread of Life.
I attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio and received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1999. In July of that year I received my first call to Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeromesville, Ohio. In 2004 Trinity shared my pastorate with St. Michael Lutheran Church in Mifflin, Ohio. After 10 years in rural Ashland County, the Holy Spirit brought me here to Emmanuel on February 8, 2009.
I am an Ohioan from birth and have lived in several areas of Northeast Ohio, most notably growing up in southern Ashtabula County and graduating from Grand Valley High School in Orwell.
I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management (1991) from Kent State University and was employed as a Human Resource Manager until entering the ministry. Prior to this I obtained an Associate Degree in Business Management and worked in retail management for several years. All along God was preparing me for ministry for these many years of life experience and working with people have helped shape who I am as pastor.
I married my wife, Suzanne (Sue) in 1996 and we have one son, Bryan, a 2019 graduate of Hocking College. I have a daughter, Karen, a 2012 graduate of Kent State University in Early Childhood Education and a son, Kevin, a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University in Computer Science.