I am the pastor of Chinook Lutheran Church in Chinook, Washington, and Naselle Lutheran Church in Naselle, Washington.
Originally from Oregon, I received a BA in History from Luther College and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. I was ordained in 2012 and served for six years as pastor of Underwood Lutheran Parish in Underwood, North Dakota. My parents are portrait photographers who shared with me and my two brothers their love of God, of music, of art, and of science fiction. I enjoy singing and playing the oboe, and reading. My favorite SF&F author is Lois McMaster Bujold. My favorite oboe piece is the Cimarosa Concerto and my favorite pop singer is Janelle Monae.
I believe that the grace of God comes in unexpected places and times, and that most of the time we don’t see it because we’re not looking for it. God gives life, and gives it abundantly, and we get so wrapped up in our own pettiness and fear and desire and don’t even see it. No one deserves God’s love; we’re all sinners who fall short of the life God calls us to, and yet God loves us anyway, unconditionally, no matter how many times we screw up, no matter how many times we completely miss the point, whether we believe we’re worthy or not.
I am autistic, and do sometimes give talks about autism. Please contact me if you are interested. I’ve written about autism for Gather Magazine. If you’re interested in autism, here are some resources to get you started.