I am the Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church in Casselberry, Florida. My ministry at Ascension began in July of 2012 after fifteen years at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, an urban congregation in the heart of the city of Milwaukee. Ascension is seeking opportunities to provide relevant ministry and effective outreach to the northeastern communities of the Orlando area. I enjoy opportunities to speak and teach on various topics when the opportunity arises.
This is my blog about creativity, ministry, and culture (such as social media, sports, theater, and music…not necessarily in that order). I would love for you to join my blogging journey as I observe and learn about all of these things, as well as grow in my knowledge and understanding of them. Your input is always encouraged and most welcome.
SAMPLE SOME POSTS
If you are new to my blog you might want to check out some of my more popular posts:
- How to Raise A Daughter
- How Zig Ziglar and Seth Godin Taught Me How to Write and Keep Goals
- 20 Things I Learned During 20 Years of Life As a Pastor
- 5 Steps Toward a Major Decision
- The Hue is Blue but the Mood is Not
- Saying “Yes” to Creativity
- My Series Called: Creativity Quiz
I have been a pastor for twenty-one years, and was at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1997. Since its inception in 1925 the church has operated a Christian Day School which now belongs to the Milwaukee Parental School Choice program. Three years ago we added a $2.5 million addition to the building to enhance the learning atmosphere of our students. I have also served congregations in North Carolina and Northern Virginia. In terms of ministry, I aspire to be a servant leader bringing forth a creative renaissance in the church…especially the urban church, or churches in large cities.
As adjunct Professor of Theology at Concordia University — Wisconsin for thirteen years, I taught classes on the Old Testament, the books of Genesis and Psalms, various classes on Lutheran Theology, The Bible, and The Life of Christ. One of the highlights of each year was teaching a three-week class on Comparative Religions. It was my pleasure to serve as an adjunct professor since 1999.
My involvement in the community has included the opportunity to serve on boards and in leadership roles of various organizations including The Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee, Acacia Theatre Company, Adult Day Services of Lutheran Living Services, Common Ground (a community organizing group bringing real and positive change to the city of Milwaukee), and as Circuit Counselor for the west side Milwaukee churches of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod.
I love my wife, Tammy, and enjoy time together with her dining out, biking, or going to Milwaukee Brewers games. Our daughter, Ashlyn, recently graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE, with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts, and works for Sea World, Orlando. Our son, Benjamin, is a singer-songwriter and an Entertainment Industry Studies major at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. We love traveling to visit them. I enjoy writing, music, mountain biking, going to U2 concerts, running, reading, golfing, traveling, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the (World Champion) Green Bay Packers.