Director of Youth Ministry
Although I grew up going to church, my faith in Jesus Christ became big priority after being inspired by Christian friends in college who demonstrated God’s love through their speech, actions, and major life-decisions. Towards the end of my undergrad years at UW-La Crosse, I was encouraged by friends and mentors to pursue a career in full-time ministry. I worked as a camp counselor, as well as the director of a high school leadership program, at Covenant Pines Bible Camp in McGregor, MN. I then spent a year at the camp as a ministry intern. The internship was good experience, but I missed ministering to students. Thus, I began a search for Youth Ministry positions, which landed me back in La Crosse at First Presbyterian Church. I am currently taking courses towards a Masters of Divinity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
I appreciate ministering with First Presbyterian church, as I believe this congregation provides the resources and support necessary to have a strong, active, meaningful ministry that middle and high school students love. Plus, who wouldn't love spending a week at a camp under the crystal-blue Michigan sky every summer?!
I married my wife Kelli in 2016 and we welcomed a beautiful boy into the world in early 2019, whom we named James. I enjoy staying active both indoors and outside, especially with walks around town with the family. I also love cooking, especially vegetarian recipes with lots of cheese! As a teenager, I had dreams of being on Saturday Night Live, a show which my wife and I still watch regularly. Although I have set those aspirations aside, I still find many opportunities to write and act in skits for worship, Sunday School, and youth group. I now dream of one day vacationing to France with my wife.