As an Elder of Hope Church my desire is for adults and children to be actively on mission for Jesus, growing to be more like Him, and engaged with others in their community. I’ve been married to Barbara for 38 years (we married young!) and have four grown children (three married) and six grandchildren. I love the outdoors so you will find me biking, hiking, camping, gardening, boating, or golfing whenever time permits.
My desire as an Elder is that we see where God is moving at Hope and help the congregation follow his lead. I work at an on-line hobby shop in Stillwater as the Product Team Manager. My wife Kristen and I keep busy at home with our four energetic kids, Abby, Amanda, Sarah and Zach. In my free time you’ll find me working on projects around home, having fun with my kids, driving/flying really cool R/C toys or, if the water isn’t frozen, boating, water-skiing or wake-boarding.
I became an elder in 2016 after serving in many different ministries at Hope. It’s exciting to me that Hope’s mission to make disciples is found consistently throughout each ministry. My wife Karin, and our children, Emily and Andy, love living and serving in our neighborhood near Hope. I have taught mathematics in the community for 20 years at North High School in North St. Paul. I enjoy spending time outdoors and many weekends you will find me cooking (especially BBQ) for family and friends.
I have served as an Elder, on and off, for 20+ years and have also served as a teacher and Community Group Leader. My spiritual gifts are Teaching, Discernment, and Knowledge. I love to see people understand and act on the truths of who God is and what His plans are in general and specifically for them. I have a desire to see disciples who love Jesus and stand for him wherever life or culture calls them. Cheryl and I have been married for 37 years. We have six children and five grandchildren (all girls)! Both Cheryl and I grew up in Billings, Montana and attended Montana State University. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering which brought us to Minnesota and a job at 3M. I am presently a Product Development Specialist in the Advance Materials Division.
As a Elder, I am committed to helping people understand and embrace Hope’s Disciplemaking Pathway. I weekly attend Hope’s Worship Service (Gather). I am currently reading Romans as a continuing step to “Deepen” my faith. We lead a Community Group (Group). I “Invest” in Hope as an Elder (13+years), teacher, and small group leader. I have a number of continuing developing friendships at the gym, neighborhood, and work where I am seeking through word and deed to “Multiply” Jesus. I have been married to Gail for 29 years. We have two adult children – Sienna and Evan. I grew up in Minneapolis and moved to St. Paul when Gail and I got married. I am a Human Services Coordinator (Social Worker) for St. Paul Public Housing where I assist low-income residents with lease, financial, and family issues.
I’ve attended Hope for 21 years and have been active in small group studies, seasonal choir, ushering, and the Saturday Men Group. As an Elder, I hope to connect to and strengthen our congregation through prayer and spiritual support as we go through life together following our Lord Jesus. I recently retired from a 41 year career in chemical process engineering and operations management. I received my Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Minnesota and have worked in Minnesota, Kentucky, and California. My wife Deb and I have two grown, married children and four grandchildren. I enjoy travelling to visit family, gardening, and golf.