About

I am the Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  Click here to listen to some of my sermons.

Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Working together with nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and nearly five million members. Faith is also a member of the New England Synod, one of 65 regional synods or communities of congregations making up the ELCA.

This is my personal blog.  It is focused on “Faith, Community and Leadership.”  These are three very important things in my life and I use this blog as a place to share what I have learned and to gain feedback from those who wish to share.

My goal is to create a community with which people can come together as a community.  I hope this blog can be a place where someone can  seek an outlet to grow in personal faith practices and help others do the same.  I also hope that there can be leadership insights which can help you move further faster.

I will post about faith insights that I have had, inspirational essays, my life as a father, husband, brother, uncle, son, pastor, New England Patriots fan, and friend.  I also enjoy technology and social media and I will have posts related to those areas of my life as well.

I typically post about three to four times a week.  To keep up with all the great content you can find on here you can subscribe through and RSS feed or straight to your inbox.

 Who God Created me to Be

I realize that God has blessed me with many gifts in my life, and I try to be thankful every day for those gifts.  The way I write is the lens that I see the world.  There are three ways in which this happens.

I. Family and Community

This means that those who are involved in my life are important to me.  I enjoy feeling connected to something bigger than myself. Community and Family have a lot of the same meaning for me because the communities that I am involved in and close too become like family to me.  For me communities exist because God is in, with and under the people gathered. God’s presences allows people to look past the outside, and see the heart of one another. One of my favorite parables is Luke 15:11-32 –The Prodigal Son.  The parable reminds me of God’s love for me even when I mess up.

II.      Care for Names and how someone is known

Whenever I tell a story I include people’s names (unless confidentiality forces me not to say their name).  But names and how someone is known is important to me.   When you use some-one’s name you are building a deeper relationship with that person.  We are all given names and they mean something to us, to those who gave us the name and to God.

Isaiah 43: 1

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

God tells us that he has called our name.  What better news can you get than the creator of the universe calling out your name because of how much he loves you!

III.    Receptivity of God – God Moments

Being receptive to God in our lives means that we are open to God’s call to us.  In order to do this God needs to be accessible to everyone.  The Gospel not only needs to be preached, but it needs to be preached in a way that means something to people. How do we speak to our world in a way that brings life-changing results? This is a question that I ask myself everyday.  God is in the business of changing lives.

All of this is accomplished through the use of story-telling.  I love stories, I love telling them and hearing them.  As we walk together feel free to stop by and tell me your story.

My Biography

I have been a part of the church as long as I can remember.  As a child I was active in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland, Vermont as president of the youth group, assisting minister and choir member.  As a teenager I joined the staff at Camp Calumet in Freedom, New Hampshire; I was on the summer staff for ten summers.

I participated in various ministries while in college.  In 1999 I joined the year round staff at Camp Calumet and was with them for three years.  At Calumet I helped plan, and host retreat for churches all around the New England Synod. It was at Calumet that I felt my strongest call to ministry.

I left Calumet in 2002 and joined the staff at Hope Lutheran Church in Reading, Pennsylvania as a Youth Director, After School Director, and Assistant Music Minister.

In 2003 I finished my degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota in Youth Development.

In 2004 I entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  While in seminary I worked as a Youth Director forGood Shepherd Lutheran Church in Southampton, PA and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Telford, PA.  I did a year’s internship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Hill, PA under the supervision of The Reverend William Vanderslice. I also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a trauma bay chaplain  at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.  I graduated from LTSP with a Master’s of Divinity in 2008.

I was called in 2008 to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baldwinsville, New York at their pastor.  I spent a little over five and a half years at St. Mark’s.  I was involved with many ministries in the church and in the synod including Vanderkamp, Lutheran Campus Ministry at Syracuse University, the Candidacy Committee of the Upstate NY Synod and the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce.

In January 2014 I accepted a call to Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  I began my ministry at Faith on March 9, 2014.  This is where I currently serve and live with my wife Katie and my two children Logan and Addyson.

In my free time I enjoy watching New England Patriots Football, Syracuse football and basketball.  I also enjoy playing my guitar and blogging.

Here are some links to some newspaper articles I have been featured in:

Evangelical Lutheran pastor ordained in Lysander

Blessing of the Pets in Baldwinsville

My Contact Information

You can reach me by email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

Disclaimer

This my personal blog. The opinions that I express here do not necessarily represent those of the church in which I am called, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the Upstate New York Synod or the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The information I provide is my opinion only. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog.  I may borrow, beg, steal to get some information but I will do my best in giving credit where credit is due.

 

 

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