Pastor, Garland Campus
“I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” I was born and raised in Oklahoma City through 8th grade. In order to be trained as a pastor of our church I attended high school at Martin Luther Preparatory School, Northwestern College, and then Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. My first call from the Lord was to serve as a missionary in Japan in 1989. After serving about 10 years, the Lord called me to serve as the pastor of Divine Peace. My wife, June, is my support and mother of our four children.
While serving as pastor, I have also been elected to serve as the chairman for the Commission on Evangelism, and 2nd V.P. of the South Central District.
Pastor, Rockwall Campus
I love Rockwall; the Downtown, the Harbor and food scene are blessings, but the people make this place home. Working with local non-profits like Helping Hands, Meals on Wheels Senior Services and Kiwanis Club connects me with great volunteers and those in need. I enjoy working with the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce, the City of Rockwall and the Downtown Rockwall Association to help our community keep its small, family friendly atmosphere alive. My wife Marinda and two kids love the Texas sunshine and southern hospitality.
I spent my childhood with my younger sister roaming the foothills of cattle country in Northern California. My mom and dad still live in the farm house where I grew up.
When I finished high school, I studied at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Languages (Greek and Hebrew) with an emphasis in Spanish. After college, I went to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin to finish my formal eight years of training to become a pastor. During my third year at WLS, I interned for St. Mark Lutheran Church in Leesburg, FL. I graduated WLS in May 2016 with a Master of Divinity degree and was assigned to Divine Peace Church Rockwall.