Church/Ministry: Christian Hills Church
Christian Hills Church
Non-denominational-evangelical-charismatic-Associated with the Fellowship Of Christian Assemblies
11/’08 - present - Senior Pastor of Christian Hills ’97 - 11/’08 - Senior pastor New Life Community Church ’97 - ’07 - Special ed. teacher, and substitute teacher ’94 - ’97 - Associate Pastor Christian Hills Church ’95 - ’97 - Teacher Christian Life College - part time ’90 - ’94 - Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp -- Manager/Minister ’88 - ’90 - Pastor Liberty Chapel ’84 - ’88 - Self employed M&M Construction ’79 - ’84 - Afl-CIO Union Local 7 -- Carpenter
Afl-CIO Carpenter Apprenticeship - Graduated 1983. Pastoral Diploma from North Central Bible College - minor in Bible - Graduated 1988. B.S. Social Work from Bemidji State University - minors in Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Sociology - 1994. Masters of Biblical Studies in Pastoral Ministry - Master’s Divinity School- 2008
Wife - Kathy married 27 years, she is a teacher. 3 DAUGHTERS: Tiffany - 26 (married to Josh Radke)and two twin grand sons - Ayden and Keagan born in 2008 Ashley - 23 Christa- 21
Reading, Computer Strategy Games, Golf, Weight Lifting, Walking, Boating
Best advice given to me about preaching
Be Yourself. Pray for the Lord to use the sermon he laid on your heart. Use illustrations. Be creative "It’s a sin to bore people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ" (Swindoll). Preach in modern day Parables. Repeat you main point 7 times. Do your homework!
Sermon or series that made a difference
Life Of David series, Life of Joseph series, 3 motto’s of a Servant Leader, Servanthood series, 7 Keys to revival, Unfinished Business Series Fly High series from the Book of Acts
One of my favorite illustrations
The truth of the matter is man has been making mistakes since creation. Here are just some of the great mistakes of the past: 1). The ancient Babylonians believed that the earth was flat in 8th Century B.C.. The sad fact is there are still people today who believe that the earth is flat. Their claims are based on their literal interpretation of the Bible, which, for example refers to "the four, corners of the Earth." They call themselves the "Flat Earth Society." There base is in Utah.
Books that have had an impact
"Radical" by David Platt "Experiencing God" by Blackaby, "David" by Charles Swindoll, "Laugh Again" by Charles Swindoll, "Developing the Leader Within" by John Maxwell, "Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make" By Hans Finzel, "Turning Vision Into Action" by George Barna, "Descending Into Greatness" by Bill Hybels, "The Life You Always Wanted" by John Ortberg, "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" by Jim Cymbala, "Fresh Faith" by Jim Cymbala, "Fresh Power" by Jim Cymbala
Something funny that happened while preaching
When I was doing my internship in a church I once noted to the congregation that I had recently received a news letter from Hell. I mean’t to say I had received a News Letter which had an article about Hell and it came out wrong. Everyone laughed and teased me that they did not know that I had a hotline to Hell.
What my parents think of my sermons
My mom say’s "I am dynamic." My dad has only heard me preach once at a Father’s Day Banquet and he said, "You did well, but your socks did not match your suit."
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons
She says, "They are awesome! They are life inspiring! They are motivational! They are enlightening! They are heart changing! and He’s cute too!"
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...
Commit 100% to Jesus and then lead people from here to eternity.
What I want on my tombstone
He was a man after God’s own heart!
Comment to those looking at my sermons
It’s by the grace of God that I can even do this!