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.
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.