The Lord has incredibly blessed me and my family. Sharon and I have been married for 44 years, our 3 adult children and their spouses are all believers, and we enjoy 4 beautiful grandchildren.
I grew up in a Christian home, in the Lutheran Church. Shortly after our marriage I joined 1st Covenant Church of St. Paul, Sharon’s home church from birth, where we were members for the next 30+ years. As a family we were very active there, raising our kids, participating in small group fellowship and studies, and serving in various leadership positions. Bible Study Fellowship was instrumental in our growing faith journey.
Our son Ryan and daughter Sarah both attended Wheaton College in Illinois, with Ryan majoring in Biblical and Theological Studies. When we visited them we would attend College Church in Wheaton where Pastor Kent Hughes was preaching. Ryan was increasingly drawn to Calvinist teaching and the Holy Spirit was urging us to seek sound biblical preaching. We started attending Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis in addition to our own church and appreciated the preaching of Pastor John Piper. Meanwhile Ryan studied for 2 years at The Bethlehem Institute after graduating from Wheaton and then obtained his M.Div from Westminster Seminary in California.
God made it clear to us that we needed to leave 1st Covenant and with Ryan’s encouragement we joined Redeemer Reformed Church in Golden Valley, the sponsoring church for Emmaus Road. Ryan had interned at Redeemer for two summers during his time at Westminster. After a few years Redeemer called Ryan to come back to Minnesota and start a new church here in Eden Prairie. We joyfully transferred to this new mission work at Emmaus Road Reformed Church.
I am humbled and honored to have served as a Deacon since 2016. Sharon and I are profoundly grateful to the Lord to be part of this fellowship of believers, to hear the gospel faithfully proclaimed every Sunday, and to be shepherded by God-fearing Elders.