2015 – Present: Instructor of Christian Education (DCE Program) Concordia University – St. Paul, MN: Tenure-track faculty member, teaching academic classes in Christian Education and Parish Leadership; supervising field experiences for students in the Director of Christian Education Program; rebuilding the enrollment and programmatic strength of the Director of Christian Education program at Concordia; leading the Department of Theology and Ministry's Digital Theology Initiative and social media efforts.
2013 – 2015: Director of Discipleship Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Edmond, OK: (In May 2013, Holy Trinity worked through a staffing realignment, and during this time my position transitioned from Director of Youth Ministry to Director of Discipleship.) Called to Holy Trinity as a Director of Christian Education (DCE). Responsibilities in overseeing the outreach and discipleship ministries at Holy Trinity, including: educational processes and programs; small groups; new member connections; in-congregation service/volunteer development; community engagement and missions; overall congregational visioning and strategy expansion; leader development; supervision of additional staff DCEs, DCE Interns, and our communication department.
2007 – 2013: Director of Youth Ministry Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Edmond, OK: Called to Holy Trinity as a DCE. Responsibilities in Junior and Senior High Youth Ministry included: providing direction and leadership for the Youth Ministries of Holy Trinity; oversight of volunteer recruitment, training, and scheduling; planning and implementation of spiritual growth programs for Junior and Senior High Youth; working to create an environment of care and growth for all students; planning and leading retreats, gatherings, etc.; confirmation instruction; maintaining an accurate and timely schedule of events with the church office; general Youth Ministry duties such as promotion, publicity, fundraising planning, etc.
2006 – 2007: Director of Christian Education Intern Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Edmond, OK: This DCE Internship was an educational opportunity designed to obtain experience in parish education and youth ministry. Responsibilities included: helping recruit, train, and schedule adult leaders; identification of quality curriculum for congregational use for all age groups; working to develop the Children’s and Junior Youth Ministries of the congregation; developing and leading Wednesday evening midweek programming for Senior High Youth; scheduling and conducting home and activity visits with Junior and Senior High Youth; leading students on retreats and special events; other duties as assigned.
2003 – 2007: Regional Scout/Player Development Specialist Strategic Sports Management – North Branford, CT: Responsibilities included: recruitment of hockey players to our agency for representation; representation of players to their coaching staffs, organizations, and the media; analysis of player potential and game play; advising players and parents in their development (both career development—contracts, free agency, etc.—and on-ice development); communicating with the home office regarding potential recruits and current players.
2011 - 2014 Gonzaga University: Spokane, Washington M.A., Organizational Leadership
2001 - 2006 Concordia University: Seward, Nebraska B.A., Behavioral Sciences Certification: Director of Christian Education (Emphasis: Family Life Ministry)
1997 - 2001 Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School: Adel, Iowa High School Diploma
Invited Speaking Engagements
• 2016 National LCMS Youth Gathering (New Orleans, LA): "Jesus, Jonah, and You: the Call to Obedience" • 2015 National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference (New Orleans, LA): "The Big Picture: Why Vision Changes Everything"; and "Avoiding the Leadership Vacuum: Christ-Centered Leader Recruitment, Development, and Retention" • 2014 Concordia University Texas DCE Program Retreat (Austin, TX): "Christ-Centered Leadership" • 2012 National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference (San Antonio, TX): "Expanding Vision"; and "Reproducing Leaders" • 2011 Oklahoma District LCMS Teachers Conference (Edmond, OK): "Sticks and Stones: Bullies, Victims, and Our Ministry" • 2009 Lutheran Education Association’s National DCE Conference (Dallas, TX): "Bullying in the 21st Century" • 2008 National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference (Indianapolis, IN): "Reaching the College Crowd"
Conference and Event Planning
• 2015 National Association of Directors of Christian Education Conference: Program Team Member (Theme/Content Development) • 2013 ILLUMINATE Regional Youth Conference: Founder and Chairman • 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering: District Coordinator, Oklahoma District • 2007 National LCMS Youth Gathering: Program Team Manager (Interest Centers/Sectional Speakers) • 2003 LCMS World Missions Beautiful Feet Conference: Program Team Member (Campus Relations Coordinator) • 2002-2004, 2006-2012: Program Team Member for LCMS District Youth Gatherings in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Nebraska
Mission and Service Experience
Led or participated in mission trips (domestic and foreign), including service with: • Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (Des Moines, IA): 2012, 2011, 2009 • Christ for the City International (Omaha, NE): 2012 • LCMS Servant Events (Angel Fire, NM): 2008 • Mission-Minded Students (Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic): 2002 • Iowa District West, LCMS (Los Angeles, CA): 2000 • Iowa District West, LCMS (Grand Forks, ND): 1997
Led or participated in local community service projects, including: • Angel Tree Ministries • Bible Club Ministries • Hot Dogs for the Homeless • Food and supply drives for various organizations
Notable Professional Services
• Regular author on Concordia Publishing House's website (2016-Present) • Guest author for Concordia Publishing House's My Devotions publication (2014-Present) • Guest author for the LCMS Youth Ministry Office’s YouthESource online magazine (2008-2013) • Designed, initiated, and led Youth and Education programs for the Rock of Faith church plant (Waukee, IA; 2002-2005)