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I am currently a chaplain with the United States Air Force.    I am a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

I previously served as a parish pastor  at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Evensville Tennessee, Trinity Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, and the dual parish of St. John's and Trinity in Washburn/LaRose IL.

My ministry can be summed up with these goals: remaining faithful to the Word so as to be faithful to the Lord's mission of sharing that Word to make disciples. I believe in announcing to everyone the full treasure of God's gifts through His Word as He Himself has revealed them to be in that Word. I believe in encouraging each lay person to discover his or her gift(s) from God and to learn how to employ them together with other Christians in the family of God for powerful and transforming ministry.

I was born and raised in the Tennessee hills in upper east Tennessee. I was raised in the Church of God {Anderson}. At the age of 18 a good friend of mine introduced me to the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The pastor there promised me that we would walk together through the teachings of Scripture. He promised me that if he found himself to be in error he would change his faith. I made him the same promise. I found inside that Holy Scripture the sweet Gospel of Jesus Christ that proclaims our sins are forgiven by His death, that forgiveness is a gift of God's free grace, and that it is received purely by faith.

I was privileged to serve in the United States Naval Reserve for six years as a Torpedoman 2nd class. I was stationed at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown Va., and at Concord Naval Weapons Station in Concord California.

My undergraduate work was in the area of Philosophy and Humanities at East Tennessee State University. I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in 1991. My M.Div. is from  Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1996. My vicarage was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. I received 1 basic unit of CPE at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis in the summer of 1994. Throughout my time in college and seminary I also served in the Naval Reserve. My first call was to a dual parish near Peoria Illinois, St. John's and Trinity. There I also served as chaplain for the local police department. I was called to Trinity in Cincinnati in December of 1998. While in Cincinnati I also had the opportunity to serve as a part-time chaplain with University Hospital, the regional trauma center. Also in Cincinnati, I served on the Board of Control for the Federation of Lutheran Churches of Cincinnati, an LCMS organization with the purpose of furthering mission work in the area and providing chaplaincy care at University and Drake Hospitals. In July of 2002 I began serving as the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Dayton Tennessee. I have served on the board of regents for Oxford Graduate School in Dayton Tennessee and  on the board for the local YMCA. 

On May 7th 2005 I was commissioned as a Chaplain (Captain) in the United States Air Force.  My first duty station is Andrews Air Force base located near Washington DC.  I deployed to Iraq in the fall of 2006.  I am currently serving oversees in Asia.

 My wife and I married in August 1995. We have two daughters.