Education: I am graduating Mid America Nazarene University this May with a degree in youth and family ministry.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Be gracious!
Sermon or series that made a difference: I don’t know if this means a sermon that we have done or one that we have heard. I don’t know.
One of my favorite illustrations: This is hard because all of my illustrations come from my own life. I guess if I had to pick I say a guy throw a pine apple through a 4 foot mirror one time to represent how our perfect humanity we ruined in the fall.
Family: I am married to the love of my life Diane Michelle VanStrien. No kids yet, maybe someday.
What my parents think of my sermons: They think they are pretty good although I think they lie sometimes
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She does not like to sit through them, she also says I am a bad story teller. I beg to differ though
Best advice given to me about preaching: Be John the Baptist and point the people to Christ.
Books that have had an impact: Messy Spiritually by Mike Yaconelli, Dangerous Wonder by Mike Yaconelli, The Unnessarcy Pastor by Eugene Peterson, Contemplative Youth Minstry by Mark Yaconelli, Calling and Character by Will Willimon. Just to name a few.
Hobbies: Shooting hoops, watching movies, and dancing, but not really the dancing part.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: I would talk about all the God has done for us.
Something funny that happened while preaching: Preached with my fly unzipped.
What I want on my tombstone: Pepporoni and Sasuge