went to Parks College of St. Louis University - Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
hired on with General Electric Aircraft Engines as an Engine Overhaul Rep
worked for GE supporting Air France in Paris, Hapag Lloyd and MTU in Hannover, Aeroflot in Moscow and various airlines through the call center in Cincinnati.
worked for AAL now Thrivent Financial
went to Seminary at Concordia Seminary St. Louis at the suggestion of a client (WWII Vet) and my Pastor (fulfilling God's original idea when I wanted to be a missionary pilot for LAMP at age 12).
Called by God through His people at Beautiful Savior into His service in July 2007
Currently the Pastor at Beautiful Savior in Plover, WI.
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Blessed incredibly by God with a great wife and three adopted children from Ethiopia!
Theology of Ministry
Hands on care for the flock - I enjoy connecting with people in any number of ways from email, texting, phone, having coffee together, in the church office, at their home, at their work, hospital bedside...
Authority of Christ through His Word - praying for the Spirit to guide me as Christ's servant and to guide God's people as His disciples to put ourselves aside and follow Him.
Law & Gospel - praying for the Spirit's discernment to meet people where they are and to guide them to Christ if something is getting in their way (sin). This might mean correction and discipline (law) and/or pronouncement of the love and forgiveness of Christ (gospel).
Sanctification - encouraging Christians to live a life different than the world. We are set apart as God's people to live a life pleasing to Him. There is a call, command and responsibility to do so. This is not an attempt to earn points with God but to glorify Him as He uses me and His Church who have been redeemed by Christ! Sometimes, Christians can fall into the trap of cheap grace, thinking that forgiveness with cover them Mon thru Sat and that they don't need to change how they live. Sometimes, Christians live under guilt (on the flip side) and not the joy of Christ. Encouragement is meant to support the Body of Christ (His bride the church) in a way that reaches out to a lost world in word and deed with the saving Name of Jesus.
My family! (Psalm 127:3-5a, Ephesians 5:25)
Supporting others in their walk and growth with Christ (Acts 20:28-29)
Supporting families and marriages
Supporting the orphan/fatherless (foster care and adoption) (Romans 8:15,23; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 1:3-5)
Reaching the lost with the saving good news of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 15:2-7, Acts 1:8)
Charities (close to our heart in recent years)
Christian World Adoption
Project Smile (BSLC Orphan Ministry)
Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School
Beautiful Savior Christ Care
LCMS World Mission - specific missionary
Wycliffe Bible Translators - specific missionary
Peace Campus Lutheran Campus Ministry at UWSP
Humane Society of Portage County
First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center in Stevens Point
Master Builder Center in Ethiopia
Who has God placed on your heart?
Book List (see book reviews on separate page)
Bible - trying to read through it once a year (trying!)
Bible - audio player when I'm on longer trips
Thursday, July 27, 10:30am - Bible Study @ Riverview Lodge on Sherman (Elaine)
Thursday, July 27, 5:30pm - Community Meal @ BSLCFriday, July 28 - Pastor on vacation thru 8/5Saturday, July 29 -
Sunday, July 30, 9:30am - Com. WorshipSunday, July 30, 11:00am - Bible StudyTuesday, August 1 - Pastor Ficken on Family vacation thru 8/5