Lead Bible Teacher
BA Bible and Theology (Crown College)
MDiv Biblical Interpretation and Exposition (Sioux Falls Seminary)
MA Church History (St. John’s University)
PhD Historical Theology: Reformation and Post-Reformation Studies (Calvin Theological Seminary)
I was born in St. Cloud, MN. After graduating from Sauk Rapids (MN) High School, I attended Crown College, graduating in 1980. Even before I completed my undergraduate degree, I was working as an assistant pastor. After graduating, I worked as a pastor for eight years.
In 1988, I left pastoral ministry to resume my education. Over the next ten years, I completed a Master of Divinity Degree at Sioux Falls Seminary, a Master of Arts Degree at St. John’s University, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree at Calvin Theological Seminary.
I began working in secondary education in 1998, first in a part-time capacity, then, beginning in 1999, in a full-time position. In addition to working in secondary education, I have held post-secondary adjunct positions, both onsite and online.
In 2012, I committed to working full-time in online education, when I accepted a full-time position with Ignite Christian Academy. I am interested in church history, historical theology, biblical studies, and systematic theology.
My wife and I were married in 1978. We have two adult sons, who are both married, and three grandchildren. In addition to Minnesota, my wife and I have lived in Wisconsin and South Dakota. We currently live in Cutlerville, MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids.
I do not have a favorite verse, but I appreciate the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. I appreciate Luke’s writings because he wrote as researcher (Luke 1:1-4), a historian, and a theologian.
My first job was delivering the St. Cloud Times, a job I held for seven years.
My hobbies are facilitating Bible and theology courses, research of topics relevant to the courses I facilitate, and riding my bike.
I am not a traveler, but I enjoy visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City, St. Ignace, and the Upper Peninsula (all in Michigan).
Person I’d Like to Meet
I would like to meet Condoleezza Rice and Jimmy Carter.