I’m in my early forties, a second-career pastor, who is married to my college sweetheart. I’m dad to four wonderful and adaptable children. And we love to travel and explore cultures and places.
I am the pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in New Kingstown, Pennsylvania, USA. You can check out the congregation and listen to sermons at our website – www.ststephenlc.org.
I love to write about theology (I’m a pastor after all, you know), politics (I have an extensive background in politics), and travel.
When it comes to God, theology, religion, etc. I think it’s important to talk about how God is approachable, relevant, and enjoyable – and so is the church. We have the best news in the history of news, yet I think often we forget this. Too often church is too busy judging people. I’m doing my part to change that narrative.
I graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in May, 2017. During my time in seminary, our family took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study in Finland. I took classes at the University of Helsinki. And more importantly, I did my own research on the church in Finland. I’m very interested in what the church and the laypeople think about the decline in membership of the Lutheran church in Finland. What are they doing about? Anything? What’s working? What’s not? Is there some kind of universal principle that works? What is the role of the church in society? Etc. Lots of questions. During my time there, I asked anyone and everyone about these things and now I have a ton of notes which I’m sorting through.
This blog gives me an outlet to get out what goes on in my head without driving my wife nuts hearing about what’s going on inside my head all the time.
Before seminary I worked at a food pantry, was an entrepreneurial coach and had an extensive career in politics and campaigning in DC and in PA. (Long enough to know what politics is really about.)
That’s pretty much it for now. Thanks for reading my posts, I look forward to hearing from you, my dear reader. God Bless!