Get to Know Our Ministry Team
I was raised on a farm near Ashland, NE. My undergraduate degree was done in Lincoln, NE at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I served as a Youth Director in the United Methodist Church for a number of years. I received my Masters of Christian Education at Asbury Seminary in 2002. My wife, Becky, and I were married in 2003. My wife served as a Children’s Pastor in Cedar Rapids, IA for three years and then we moved to Lincoln, NE where I served as a Discipleship Director for three years.
In 2009, we moved to Mitchell, SD where I served as Assistant Pastor at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Becky and I were both ordained in the Wesleyan Church in 2016.
In 2017, I accepted a call to serve as Lead Pastor at Hillside Wesleyan.
We have two children that continue to enrich our lives, Lily and Josiah.
My hobbies include Star Wars, Superhero movies and I am a big fan of the NBA (Go Celtics!).
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them: I will remove their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh”. Ezekiel 11:19
I grew up at Hillside Wesleyan and am an Olean native. I am embarking in ministry as a second career after hearing God's call on my life.
I have a background in counseling and have a passion for helping others walk grow Godward.
I am from the Olean area, born and raised. I still live close in the Portville/Cuba area in a small home in the country. Not raised in the church, I found God and was saved at an event when I was 16 years old. God has transformed my life since that time as I continue to grow in faith.
I pursued social work as my first career, receiving a Bachelors in 2003 and Masters in 2007, all the time working in human services and now mental health therapy. I am focused on community coordination of resources, family therapy, marital therapy, and individual mental health therapy.
Music has always been a large part of my life as well. I have participated in musicals and select choirs in high school, Fredonia Chamber singer tours in college, and community theatre and choirs as an adult. Since high school I have been on worship teams as a harmony and lead vocalist, learned bass in college, and was self taught in guitar as an adult filling a need for our worship team at the time.
I have been worship leader and director at Hillside Wesleyan church since around 2008 and felt a calling to pursue more in ministry, which led to attending FLAME courses at Houghton College.
I became officially an Assistant Pastor at Hillside in Fall 2017, a licensed minister in the Western New York District in June 2018, and am pursuing ordination in the next 1-2 years.
I continue to pray for those that have touched my life, the attenders of my church, and the lost in the Olean area.
I married my wonderful wife Susan in 2011, and we have a 2 year old son, Daniel.
My interests are movies (especially sci-fi), games of all sorts, and learning new skills, especially outdoor skills.
Pastor of Family Ministries
I made a commitment to follow Jesus while attending Kids Camp at the age of 12. I received a call to ministry in my twenties while attending Houghton College and have served in the church as staff and volunteer ever since. I love helping children know Jesus, especially the littlest ones of early childhood age. I began teaching a music and movement ministry called Sing n' Sprout in 2015. Moving and grooving with lil' sprouts is the highlight of my week. I will never turn down "tea time", encouraging and supporting women in their walk with Jesus. Another of my greatest joys is serving my family; Dan, Lily and Josiah. Among my favorite activities are gardening, hiking and baking.