I joined the Trinity family in June of 2010. My wife, Emily, and I came to Ludington from Wheaton, Illinois, where we lived during college and seminary (Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, respectively). We both call Alaska home and tend to miss the Wrangell Mountains with some frequency.
My family is my great joy. My wife and I have four children, and we love watching them grow and learn. They are truly delightful. We enjoy living next to Lake Michigan and try to spend as much time as possible in Ludington State Park. Hiking, kayaking, and camping are matched by hockey, basketball, and reading as my main recreation interests.
The real reason we are here, though, is because we want to be part of a great work of God. I believe that the Gospel—the good news that God sent Jesus to save the world—is a powerful message that changes everything. It kills me to see so many hurting people, broken families, and listless young adults in our community. I believe the root answer to these problems is finding healing, wholeness, and purpose in the Gospel of Jesus. Because of that, I very badly want people to know and experience God's love. My call and desire is to proclaim good news, and my confidence is that God will powerfully shine the light of his salvation into our community.
In 2012, I joined Trinity church as Pastor of Youth and Families. I love our church family and what God is doing through the people of Trinity to reach the lost with the life transforming message of Jesus Christ. It is truly a joy to be a part of a church that treasures the Gospel and lives on mission to share this Gospel to those who do not know Jesus. My specific passion is to encourage and equip families to raise their children to know Christ and live their lives for His glory.
Next to Christ, my family is the most important part of my life. My wife, Suzanne, and I have been married since 2003 and have three children, Abigail, Daniel, and Jacob. I love and enjoy being a father and together with Suzanne, raising our children to know and love God. We love the amazing summers in Ludington, and we’re learning to love the winters too!
I grew up in a family with a lot of brokenness and dysfunction. It’s incredible that God has brought me out of that brokenness and called me to be a pastor. But this is what God does! He redeems our past and gives us a new life and future through what Jesus has done on the cross. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share my story and help others know that God redeems our pain and restores us through Jesus. No person is beyond the reach of God’s saving grace! Jesus is for everyone and I long for God to use my life for His glory.
I am a sports junkie and love following all of the major sports, including tennis and golf. I’m a loyal Michigan football fan and especially love following one of their alumni, Tom Brady – the greatest quarterback of all time. I’m a big Warriors and Steph Curry fan and enjoy rooting for all of the teams opposing Lebron James. If you ever want to talk sports, I love a good conversation or debate.
I joined the Trinity staff and family and August of 2018, and it’s my joy to serve as worship pastor. I’m excited for the opportunity to work alongside Gospel-centered leaders, and a church with a heartbeat for the mission of making more effective disciples of Jesus Christ. My passion is to help the Church sing songs with depth and richness in the Gospel, pointing us towards Jesus and spurring us towards a passionate commitment to sharing the greatest News the world will ever hear.
Born and raised in mid-Michigan, my wife and I love west-Michigan living. We especially enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan and having access to the amazing beaches here in Ludington is a great perk. We also look forward to the bustle of the city during the summer months once the seasonal folks arrive. Stacie and I have two children, Cecilia and Isaac, and an old shih-tzu named Beane. We love going to the beach, exploring and traveling to various places, and also snuggling up at home with a family movie or game night.
Stacie and I are licensed foster parents, and at times we get the privilege of caring for children and their families for extended periods of time. While we don’t like seeing families struggle to the point where foster care or adoption is necessary, we see it as an opportunity to display the Gospel to those who are hurting and in need of great love and grace. We are passionate about serving others in this way, and also for raising awareness of foster care/adoption and equipping other families towards becoming foster or adoptive parents.
I have been the secretary at Trinity since March of 2001. I grew up in Mason County. My husband, Doug, works for Rieth & Riley Construction. We have three married daughters and nine grandchildren.
My interests include: running, hiking (especially at the State Park), reading and coaching pole vaulters. My other areas of ministry include helping with Kids Hope and supporting Northern Michigan Fellowship of Christian Athletes through the Ludington Lakestride annual race.
I officially came on staff at Trinity in January 2017, but I've been behind the scenes doing some communication projects here for the last couple years. I'm excited to be a part of our church in this way, and I'm enjoying revitalizing older pieces and creating new ones to communicate effectively inside and outside of our church family. I grew up at Trinity and I'm so humbled and excited to be a part of God's great work here today.
My husband, David, and I have been married since 2012 and have two children, Elsa and Joel. We graduated from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) in 2015 where I studied Bible and Communications and he studied Pastoral Ministry. We enjoy working at our family's campground, and we're thankful for the opportunities the seasonal business provides us to work alongside our family and partner heavily with our church in our off-season. We like being together, watching our kids learn and grow, and, recently, making candles.
Currently, I maintain our website and Facebook page and create sermon series graphics and other materials (information cards, brochure, etc.) with plans of redesigning and creating new things along the way!
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