I am the Lead Pastor of Des Moines First Assembly in Des Moines, IA. Graduating from Northwest University, I entered full-time, vocational ministry, serving as a youth pastor in the state of Washington for more than a decade and the senior pastor in Montana for 10 years before landing in Iowa. I have four passions: strengthening my relationship with Christ, spending time with my family, golf and extreme body workouts (FXB). I like dates with my wife, Elli, and loving on my grandchildren, Lukis, Dylan and Karli. If I had to pick a foursome for a golf game, with would choose Fred Couples and my twin sons, Levi and Matt. But when Lukis is old enough to play, Fred Couples will have to retire.
When you stop by the church, you might catch me brewing a good cup of coffee or teaching someone new golf techniques to improve their game. My calling is coaching people to overcome their obstacles and to discover God’s truth for their lives, teaching life principles from God’s Word and leading a team of people to accomplish His will.
I like long walks at sunset with my wife and golfing 36 holes in a day and the mountains in Montana. I dislike long, cold winters.
Fun facts to know:
Born in: Tacoma, WA
Favorite Food/Drink: Mexican and Chinese, Coffee, Water with Lemon
Favorite Music: Jazz and the Oldies
Favorite Books: The Great Divorce (C.S. Lewis), Knowing God (J.I. Packer), The Pursuit of God(A. W. Tozer), Spiritual Leadership (J. Oswald Sanders), Courageous Leadership(Bill Hybels), all leadership books by John Maxwell, Inside Out and The Pressure’s Off: There’s a New Way to Live(Lawrence J. Crabb), Changes That Heal and Integrity (Henry Cloud). The are is too long to list.
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: The Greatest Game Ever Played, Remember the Titans, Braveheart, Big Break
Claim to Fame: He shot two Hole-in-Ones on the same golf course in Hamilton, Montana: Holes #2 and #15.
Extras: I like to assemble golf clubs.