What was an important Jesus moment in your life?
In 2007 I was called to be a Lutheran bishop. That means I left pastoral ministry in the “one pastor – one congregation” sense. Being bishop was good work. I’m glad I did it. It’s different. In 2019 I left that work and started serving with Lutheran Disaster Response. It’s good work. I’m glad I do it. It’s different. September 4, 2022 was my first Sunday with Messiah Lutheran. I was a pastor again and surprised by joy and a feeling of being home after a 15-year sojourn. It was as if Jesus was there waiting for me.
What is your favorite TV show and why?
Maybe Star Trek: Piccard. I love science fiction because I’m really in to alternate realities and possibilities. I like Star Trek: Piccard especially because I’m getting older and can relate!
What is the best vacation place you’ve ever been to?
In 2014 my wife Gretchen and I took 40 days to hike the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Best vacation ever!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I really wish I could speak every language there is so I could communicate with people in the language of their heart. This includes ASL. (I’m trying to figure out if that also includes math and music, but since it’s a superpower, why not?!)
Why do you believe in God?
“Belief” for me is neither academic consent nor necessarily agreement with. It is a committed relationship. To believe is to choose to live in accordance with. I “believe in God” – strive to act in accordance with – because God is the greatest truth I know. What other path could there be?
What do you like best about working for Jesus and his people?
Hmmm. I work “with” Jesus, not “for Jesus.” I am fed by the partnership. I grow with the challenge. I am enlightened by his truth and encouraged by his example. I am also received deeply by his love. This is all gift. Working for God’s people can be the same.