My wife Rochelle and I joined St. Paul in 1993. Our two children, Rob and Amelia, now grown, attended the Christian Education Center and were both confirmed here. I have been a special education teacher for thirty- five years. In October of 2013 I completed the Atlantic District’s two-year training program to become a lay deacon. Then, in the Fall of 2015 I began studying to become a pastor through the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The program takes four years with ordination in January 2018 and completion in May 2019. It has been a joy growing in and sharing the Word of God with His people here at St. Paul.