- Luther Seminary, St Paul, Mn – Master of Divinity
- Augustana University, Sioux Falls, S.D. Business Administration
- Lake Institute on Faith
and Giving, Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University. Adjunct Faculty,
Trainer for Cultivating Generous Congregations
- Generosity Coach for
Lake Institute graduates of Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising
- Graduate Lilly School
of Philanthropy, Fundraising 101
- ELCA Level 2 Coach for
Mission Developers and Redevelopers.
- CoachNet – Trained coach (working on ACC with
International Coaching Federation)
- Commodity Broker and trader, Cargill Inc and Peavey Company 1973-80
- Parish pastor 1987-1994
- Mission Developer, ELCA 1994-2009
- Director for Evangelical Mission, SW MN Synod, ELCA—2009-2019
- Coordinator Cultivating Generous Congregations, ELCA (part time) 2019
Other Leadership Experience
- Committee member ELCA Stewardship Table
Elizabeth and I have been married for 39 years (1980) and have both recently retired as ELCA pastors. We live near Sartell Mn on the banks of the Mississippi River. We are parents to two sons, Daniel and Nathan. Daniel died in 2014 after living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Nathan is married to Amy, lives in St Paul and they are the parents of our two beautiful granddaughters.
Statement On Coaching
Coaching changed my life in 2003 when I was introduced to the value of power questions and responsive listening with my first coach during my tenure as a mission developer with the ELCA. Since that time, I’ve tried to grow into the practice of coaching taking classes from CoachNet and working with a mentor coach. As a Director for Evangelical Mission coaching became my favorite way to work with congregations and leaders—both rostered and lay—to help them see God’s vision worked out in their lives. Since my introduction to the power of generosity to be a lens of transformation I’ve developed my coaching skills to now work as a “generosity coach” with graduates of the Lake Institute’s “Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising.” Coaching offers an opportunity for me to help others explore what God is opening up for them to live into with their developing skills, gifts and talents. I find it a great honor to walk with people as they engage with me as their coach, as they discover the value of either growth or action steps through the coaching process.