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Biography

I was born in Long Beach, New York, in 1965 and moved three times with my parents and two brothers--to Maine, Maryland and Florida. I received a BA in history at Luther College in Decorah, IA, in 1987 and worked as a youth minister for three years at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN. In 1989 I met and quickly fell in love with Sarah Grow, and we were married in 1990, just before heading to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, in Berkeley, CA, where I earned the MDiv in 1994.

After my ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that same year, I served as pastor to Trinity Lutheran Church in Brattleboro, VT. Both of our sons were born in Brattleboro, where we lived until 2001. Receiving a call from ELCA Global Mission, our family spent a year in Besançon, France, before coming to Dakar, Senegal in 2002.

I served from 2002 until 2006 as the director of Galle Nanondiral (the house of mutual understanding), a multi-faceted community center in Yeumbeul, a community on the edge of Senegal's sprawling capital city. As of 2007, my work has begun to shift its focus toward directing a program of Leadership Development with the Lutheran Church of Senegal.

Interests

my family--my best friend and wife Sarah, and our sons Elijah (12) and Simon (8.75, ), the global church--with all its many blessings and challenges, music--especially choral singing and (too infrequently) playing the guitar and piano, movies, sit-coms, tv dramas on dvd (that is, with out the commercials) and the daily show on itunes, trivia, particularly (but by no means limited to) song lyrics and movie lines.