Education: I graduated from Greenville College in 1980 with a degree in chemistry. I also served as a Marine Reservist throughout college. I graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1984. I received an STM degree from the same institution in 1998. Perhaps more important has been my ongoing personal study of the Hebrew and Greek Bibles, theology and whatever else I can find worthwhile to learn.
Sermon or series that made a difference: I enjoy reading sermons as far back as the early church fathers. I am always amazed at the common thread of truth that is in most of those sermons.
Family: My great-grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Germany. He served as a pastor in the midwest. My grandparents were both Lutheran school teachers. My parents were Lutheran school teachers in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. I am married to Carol, and God has blessed us with five children.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach both the Law and the Gospel. Always connect everything to Christ, the cross, and the resurrection.
Books that have had an impact: The Book of Concord, 1580; CFW Walther's (no relation) Law and Gospel
Hobbies: I love music and play the piano, guitar, banjo, and a little fiddle and accordion. I enjoy fixing and repairing around the house. I especially enjoy flying. I received my pilot's license in high school.
Something funny that happened while preaching: I once served as a vacancy pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Bancroft, Nebraska. They had a very old fashioned pulpit that was elevated to the level of the balcony. One the boards in the floor of the pulpit was missing. While I was preaching I accidentally got my boot stuck in that hole. So I spent the last half of the sermon both preaching and trying to figure out how I was going to get my boot out of there.