After being raised in a wonderful Christian home in Beaverdam, Michigan and obtaining a degree in Accounting from Grand Valley State University, I sensed the Lord calling me into pastoral ministry. That call led me to Westminster Seminary California, from which I graduated in 2008. In 2009, I was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in Coopersville CRC, where I served for 6 years. I began serving as pastor at Bethel in 2016. My wife Julie and I have been married since 2008, and the Lord has blessed us with 4 children. I love serving the Lord as a pastor, ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ and shepherding His flock. And I love serving the Lord at Bethel because of the people here, people who create a welcoming community of genuine care and people who display an eagerness to demonstrate their faith through loving service and heartfelt worship.
I love my work as the Pastor of Visiting at Bethel CRC. I retired from full-time ministry in August 2014 after 40 years of service as a Pastor. My wife Evelyn and I started ministry as missionaries in Argentina for 8 years. Then we served congregations at Alameda, CA (10½ years), Hanford, CA (9½ years) and Manhattan CRC (12½ years). We have 3 daughters (all married to great guys) and 6 grandchildren (1 girl and 5 boys). My hobby is fishing (I love to take kids fishing and to see their excitement in catching a great Montana trout) and studying the culture of ancient Israel (an interest that has grown greatly after a trip to Israel).