I grew up in Reed City, Michigan, the third of four sons. My family’s church background was Missouri Synod Lutheran and I attended a parochial school through eighth grade. My family wasn’t particularly religious or submitted to the Lord. And while I was confirmed in the church, I can’t recall having anyone speak to about a personal relationship with Christ or accepting Him as my Savior. Perhaps I was just a young person more focused on sports than my eternal destiny.
After high school, I attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan for one year. I then transferred to the University of Sioux Falls and it was there I met God’s gift on earth to me, my wife of 44 years, Delora. Delora’s family and extended family loved the Lord and served him with humility and grace. For the first time in my life I was challenged and observed what a personal relationship with Christ meant.
Through a variety of different people, circumstances and the calling of God, I accepted Christ in the summer of 1973.
Delora and I moved to Madison in 1975 and began our family. We’ve been blessed with a daughter, Teresa (and her husband, Kelly Conrad), and a son, Steven (and his wife, Camelyn). From those unions we have 8 grandchildren, 1 girl and 7 boys!
We started attending West Center in 1975 and are very thankful for all of the friends we have developed over the years. I’m also grateful for all of the pastors and men who have invested into my life spiritually so that I might walk closely with the Lord.
My hope for West Center is that we would first, “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15) and that we might be a beacon leading people to encounter Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. My heart is for us to be a people of compassion, conviction, and commitment to Christ first and then to each other. May God grant us the humility, strength, and grace to serve Him faithfully.