Officiating at my niece's wedding in Greenwich, Connecticut
I'm a farm boy from North Dakota and value my roots, but I love big cities. I've lived in Minneapolis, Washington, DC, Cleveland and now Denver for more than 8 years.
I love being a pastor - starting from my first pastorate during college in South Dakota at age 20. I've been preaching almost every Sunday ever since.
In 2013 I started a weight loss journey that led to the shedding of 60 pounds, maintained by diligence and outdoor activities - especially hiking and biking. I've never thought of myself as athletic, but if snowshoeing counts, I'm a late-in-life athlete.
Travel is another passion. If I couldn't be a pastor, I'd love to be a travel writer/blogger. I've been in 23 countries, not to mention 49 states (still got to get to Hawaii one day). Travelling is spiritual to me. I got my first taste of international travel when I was 17 as part of a US/Canadian choral group touring Europe (where I had my appendix out in Paris!). Then a mission trip to Haiti, college exchange to Japan... I couldn't stop!
Education: High School - Northwood, North Dakota - 1983 College - Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota - majors in Religion/Philosophy and Communications/Theatre - 1987 Seminary - United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities - 1990 Doctor of Ministry - Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC - research study: "Openly Gay and Lesbian Pastors Called by Predominantly Straight UCC Congregations" - 2006
Ministry Settings: Letcher UCC and Loomis Congregational Church in South Dakota, 1986-1987, Interim Pastor Wishek UCC in North Dakota, summer 1989, Interim Pastor UCC Office for Church in Society, Washington, DC, fall 1989, and 1990-1991 UCC Hunger Action Office, Cleveland, Ohio, 1991-1993 Archwood UCC in Cleveland, Pastor, 1993-2007 Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, On Call Chaplain Park Hill Congregational UCC in Denver, Colorado, Pastor, 2007-present Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Adjunct Professor of UCC History, 2012-present