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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.


I live in Saint Paul, and serve as Lead Pastor at Christ the King/Cristo Rey, a mid-sized Lutheran congregation in New Brighton, a first-ring Twin Cities suburb.