I was born and raised in small-town Michigan, the middle child of five. I developed a love of languages in high school, and later graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in French and Russian. I am married to Betty (nee) Manning, and we have three adult children: Michael, Paul, and Rachel.
I worked for many years in the U.S. government as a language analyst in a number of languages and was able to visit many areas of the world. The exposure to other peoples and cultures made a huge impact on my worldview and my faith in Jesus.
I am now a staff minister, certified by Martin Luther College (New Ulm MN) and called by Our Savior Lutheran. I am blessed to be able to share the Word of God with the ailing and the homebound, teach Bible classes, work with small groups and our Sunday School–and serve in any other area I can. I manage Our Savior’s benevolence program, through which our members share the love of Jesus by helping those who are in financial difficulty. In my spare time I read, dabble in language, and keep up with my MSU Spartans.