"Welcome to St Paul's!" That's not only the first thing that I heard countless times in July 2014, it's also what I say to you now: Welcome! In case you're interested, here's a bit of my background. I was born in Milwaukee, WI in November of 1987. My dad is a pastor, so we did our fair share of moving around the upper-Midwest and lived in Hutchinson, MN; Wonewoc, WI; Manitowoc, WI; and Osceola, WI. Prescott is new to me, but not new to my family. As many members tell me often, my grandparents (on my dad's side) were members at St Paul's many, many years ago.
I went to Luther Prep in Watertown, WI, one of our synod's ministry training schools. While I was at Prep, I was privileged to go on a mission trip to Antigua to do some canvassing, and VBS teaching. It was incredible, and is probably the main reason I decided that I wanted to be a pastor. After that, I continued my training at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and subsequently at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. At both institutions I was heavily involved in music (piano, organ, band, choir) and enjoyed receiving an excellent education from the incredible faculties! For my vicar year (think pastoral internship) I went to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Verona, WI (just SW of Madison). I don't think any experience shaped my approach to ministry more than that all-too-short year. I learned a ton from both the congregation and my supervising pastor, Nate Strutz. Most importantly, they reminded me to constantly return to the basics: Love God...love God's Word...love God's people, and continually focus on how Jesus lived, Jesus died, and Jesus rose.
I am currently single, but I have a very large immediate family (5 siblings, 3 of whom are now married), so I have lots of family with whom I am very close. If you have any other questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them personally! I look forward to serving you with God's Word in whatever capacity I am able!