I was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; a town that often nabs the dubious honor of being the “hot spot of the nation” during the summer weather forecasts (our record set was 128 degrees in the summer of 1994!). After completing a Bachelor’s in Sociology (Family/Gender/Race Studies), I travelled to Columbus, OH to attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary. It was there that I met my wife, Jessica Short, who is currently serving as the Campus Pastor at Marquette University. Our first calls were in Fargo, North Dakota, where we lived for three years before moving to the Greater Milwaukee Synod in the Fall of 2008. Since then, I have had the honor of serving as the pastor of St. Luke Lutheran in Slinger. Jessica and I live in Menomonee Falls and have two children, Charissa (12) and Lucas (9).
While I have a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Midwest, I am a Southwestern guy at heart. I share this because my upbringing in the Southwest has a deep impact on how I approach ministry. In the Southwest, no church or denomination has a stronger foothold than any other. My hometown is geographically isolated (a characteristic of Arizona), which means all the different congregations and denominations simply have to work together. This is still my default, and something that I bring with me into my work as the Director of Evangelical Mission (DEM) of the Greater Milwaukee Synod. I am excited for the work ahead, as I see the power and possibility of shared ministry that dismantles the barriers we create. My greatest joy is seeing the Church blur the lines between “sacred” and “secular,” between Sunday morning and the hopes, needs, and yearnings of the community. I am simply excited to be a partner in that work.