The quick bio is that I was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, on July 28th, 1960 – which makes me 57 years old! I played a lot of ice hockey with my two brothers. My childhood hobbies included karate, mini bikes and fixing mechanical things. I graduated from Valparaiso University in 1984 and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1988. Then I married Pamela Jane Kaestner and we moved to Apache, Oklahoma, where our son Andy was born. From Apache, we have served at Zion Lutheran in Fairmont, OK., Faith Lutheran in Dexter, Mo., and now here for 19 years at Concordia.
My desire is to be genuine and approachable to everyone. I love people and I would like to meet you.
What can I tell you about the good people of Concordia? Simply, we are a really warm and welcoming group of Jesus followers. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We recognize that we are a little different and our sin has made us a little dysfunctional (I’m being generous!). The truth is, Concordia is a great place for people who feel drawn to God and that God is working in them right where they are.
Please give me a call or drop by – anytime – weekday or weekend. God has given me a driving passion to tell people about His grace and goodness. Ask me a few questions and you’ll find that I still love to fix and building things, scuba dive; am deeply proud of our son Andy (an Infantryman killed by an IED in Afghanistan in 2011); and that I love my ministry as a volunteer Chaplain with the Dallas Police Department. Those duties include counseling, weddings, riding in a police car, helicopter and scuba unit!