One of the things that is special about Wellman Mennonite is that all the members are ministers to each other- in Christ we are all equal- and so here the pastors, elders and other leaders don’t carry any special status or importance over the rest of lay members. We all have particular roles and responsibilities based on our willingness and gifts, and so part of my joy in embracing the role of pastor has been the opportunity to witness ministry gifts in others and encourage them as we all work together for God’s Kingdom. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I’d be glad to help in any way I can. Thanks and God’s blessings to you today!
Watching God flourish these people’s lives of faith is what continues to keep me going. When my wife and I began exploring the call to pastoral ministry three years ago we had a general idea we might end up in small-town Midwest America but the specific state of Iowa was nowhere on our radar. However as graduation from seminary became near and our relationship with Wellman Mennonite grew it became increasingly clear that this was the place God intended for us. We arrived in the late summer of 2011 and since then it has been an adventure of faith as I dove in with all my lack of experience but armed with trust in Jesus and filled with hope in the future God has for this group of people.
I was born and raised in rural south central Kansas, so I feel at home in Iowa having traded wheat fields for cornfields. From childhood I have always been interested in art, poetry, music, Legos and football. I attended Hesston College and during summer breaks worked as a camp counselor at Amigo Centre in Southern Michigan, where I met my eventual wife Erin. After Hesston I worked for a year through Mennonite Voluntary Service with the Arts in Prison, Inc. program in the Kansas State Penitentiary. From there I completed a communications degree at Goshen College and an MDIV degree at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary before accepting the call to Wellman. We embrace the pace of small town life and enjoy being involved in many community activities and pursuing God’s wide-open truth on the wide-open plains.