My blog subtitle says, “A blog by a guy who is happy to be a pastor of people, pursuer of beauty, and proclaimer of God’s truth as best he understands it.” That is a good description of my life and what I want my life to be and do.
I have had the joy of serving as Senior Pastor at Bethel Church in Crown Point, Indiana since 1997. My primary responsibilities at Bethel are teaching at our weekend services, shepherding the people of Bethel, leading the staff, serving as an Elder, and providing the overall vision of the church.
My passions include expository preaching, the doctrines of grace, helping the church engage its culture, and the beauty of God. I enjoy speaking in contexts outside Bethel and regularly travel abroad with Bethel’s missions outreach.
I am extremely thankful for Christian parents who introduced me to Jesus Christ. I attended Cornerstone University (grad. 1990) and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (grad. 1992). I was blessed to serve for five wonderful years at College Park Church (pastor of youth and worship) in Indianapolis, IN. My time in Indy was formative to my theology and perspectives on biblical ministry. I have had the joy of building these foundations into the ministry of Bethel Church and its church family (whom I affectionately refer to as “Bethelonians”).
I live in Crown Point and am enjoying the married life with my wife Jennifer (you may enjoy my proposal to her from May of 2012 proposed in quite the elaborate way!). God has blessed me with a wonderful daughter, Kiralee, and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a dad. My fun time is filled with coffee house book reading, travelling, family, sports of all kinds (especially basketball and golf) and maximizing my joy in reflections of God’s beauty wherever I can find them. This blog is a newer adventure for me which I hope will be both fun and useful in my desire to “proclaim God’s truth as best I understand it.”