Dear Saints of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School,
I am composing this newsletter article with prayer, hope, anticipation and excitement. I also write this without knowing you or you knowing me. With that, I would like to introduce myself and my family to you.
I was born in Okinawa, Japan while my parents were stationed there with the Air Force. When I was two, we moved to Nebraska and lived there for 7 years before moving to Keflavik, Iceland where we spent the next 4 years. After Iceland, my parents retired from the air force and we moved to their home state of Texas. We spent the next 10 years in Texas, in several different cities, ending up with me in Austin at Concordia University for my undergraduate degree. When I was 17 years old I was involved in a serious car accident and my neck was broken. I had fusion surgery and was in a halo for about 4 months. That experience started my journey into the ministry. Interestingly, my wife also had fusion surgery in her teens to correct severe scoliosis, so we make a unique couple!
The joys of my life are found in my wife, Keri, and our four daughters, Kathren (Katie), Magdalen (Maggie), Lilliann (Lilly), and Gwendalen (Gwen). Katie just turned 9 and is in the third grade and our triplets, Maggie, Lilly and Gwen are 7 years old and are in the first grade.
Thirteen years ago Keri and I married and moved to Indiana to complete our master’s degrees. I have served as Pastor of Saint Matthew Lutheran for the last 9 years and Keri has been able to stay at home with the girls for several years before she returned to work as a mental health therapist.
As a family we really enjoy walks outside and time spent at the park. We all love music and feel if you can’t sing well you can at least sing loud, so we happily sing loud. I love bad movies and good books! I also enjoy theology, philosophy, science, science fiction, shooting, hunting and fishing. I am very excited to learn more about each of you and your families. Please stop by my study and introduce yourself if you happen to be at the church!
Our entire family is very excited to know all of you personally and become part of Holy Cross. The girls can’t wait to start school here and attend Sunday school. Thank you all for everything you have already done to welcome us and make this transition go so smoothly. We are humbled by the support, help, and prayers already given from the saints of Holy Cross.
We thank and praise God for all the work which He has completed on our behalf. I am very much looking forward to being a part of the life of Holy Cross and her mission in Collinsville.
God’s Blessings be upon you as we start this new relationship, this new life together.
Yours in Christ,