“I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.” -3 John 13-14
I grew up on Long Island, New York. My family was not always Lutheran. It was Lutheran preschool that won my parents over to the Lutheran church. Because of the great experience we had with that preschool and the pastor, we eventually joined the church. That same pastor became a close mentor and friend to me and encouraged me to consider seminary. I’ve wanted to be a pastor since high school. I attended Gordon College, a small Christian school in Massachusetts. In college I enjoyed being a part of a homeless ministry that made weekly visits to Boston. I also went on two service-learning trips to South India. From there, I entered Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I had a great vicarage year in Litchfield, Illinois. There I was able to get my feet wet preaching, leading worship, leading adult Bible study, teaching confirmation classes, and visiting the sick and homebound. I enjoy singing in choirs, camping, biking, and running. I love peanut butter. Finally, (and I realize this is a risky thing to share) I am a big fan of the New York Yankees.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be not only a pastor but your pastor. In the years ahead, I anticipate that we will have many fun times together and also some not-so-fun times because life is full of both of those experiences. I can guarantee you that I will not be perfect. I will not be able to magically solve all of the problems at St. Paul. But I can also guarantee you that our Lord will provide strength to cover those areas where we are weak and even when we face those not-so-fun times, we have a Savior who is with us all the way and promises us an end to all trouble.
I want us to walk together and bring each other closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. Now you know a little bit about me, but still “I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.”