• Husband, Father, Pastor

    Doctor of Ministry



    SELC District / The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod


    Ministerial Health


    A resource for Pastors in the SELC District to stay well and healthy in the stresses of ministry



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    The Basin and Towel




    A website for pastors and ministry leaders with resources for spiritual formation, refreshment, self-care, and growth.



    More resources for caregivers in Formational Prayer and Counseling.


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    Matthew 25 Coalition

    The Matthew 25 Coalition is a group of over 20 churches providing emergency assistance within a 10‐mile radius in and around the Village of Lodi in Southwest Medina County. The coalition provides assistance when all other assistance from other county agencies has been used.

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    The Paperwork; Continuing Education; Articles and Presentations

    The Paperwork

    • B.A. 1975, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana - Latin & Mathematics
    • M.Div. 1980, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Doctor of Ministry 2005, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio - Spiritual Formation
    • Certificate in Formational Prayer, Institute of Formational Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio
    • Member, International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), 2016
    • Certification as Compassion Fatigue Professional from International Association of Trauma Professionals, 2016
    • Certificate, Thriving in Church Ministries, 2019, Ashland, Ohio

    Continuing Educaation

    • "Bridges Out of Poverty"

    In 2014

    • Foster Parent Training, Wayne County OH, Saturdays - January 4 - February 8, 2014
    • LCMS Ministerial Care Coalition annual conference, Birmingham AL - September 15-17, 2014
    • SELC District General Pastors' Conference, Lake Mary FL - October 5-8, 2014
    • Dayton area Coalition Against Human Trafficking Annual Seminar, October 29, 2014
    • Medina County Share Cluster "Street Smart" drug awareness workshop - November 19, 2014


    In 2015

    • Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking one-day Seminar - January 16, 2015
    • Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking Train the Trainer - January 22, 2015
    • St. John Lutheran Church "Spiritual Fellowship Retreat", Sugarcreek OH - March 7, 2015
    • SELC District Convention, Clark NJ - April 9-12, 2015
    • Medina County Share Cluster Workshops "Addiction and the Brain; Professional Ethics" - May 1, 2015
    • Institute of Formational Counseling "Healing Care Retreat", Ashland OH - May 27-31, 2015
    • Medina County Share Cluster "Children of Trauma" Workshop 1 - June 3, 2015
    • LCMS Ministerial Care Coalition annual conference, Denver CO - September 14-16, 2015
    • Medina County Share Cluster "Therapeutic Writings as Trauma Intervention" workshop - October 12-13, 2015
    • SELC District Central Circuit Pastors' Conference, Lodi OH - October 20, 2015
    • Healing Care Ministries "Caregivers' Summit", Ashland OH - October 29-31, 2015
    • Greater Cleveland Healing Care Conference, Independence OH - November 20, 2015

    In 2016

    • SELC District / Center for US MIssions "Churches Planting Churches" Conference, Lake Mary FL - January 11-12
    • Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board / Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center "When Faith Hurts" Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Conference, Ashland OH - March 1-2
    • Medina County Share Cluster Workshop "Chasing the Dream:  Recovery Happens / Update on Opiates, Heroin, Marijuana, Addiction and Recovery" - April 6, 2016
    • IATP "10 Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief and Loss" and "Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments and Interventions" - October 17-18, 2016

    In 2017

    • Ashland Theological Seminary "Liturgical Leadership:  Facilitating Reformation Through Relationship" - Bishop Joey Johnson, presenter - June 7-9, 2017; 1.8 CE Units
    • PESI seminar "Self-Regulation in Children:  Keeping the Body, Mind & Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders" -  Vickie Maertz, presenter - July 12, 2017
    • SELC District Professional Church Workers Conference / Ambassadors of Reconciliation "Go and Be Reconciled" - Ted Kober, presenter - September 25-27, 2017, 6 contact hours
    In 2018
    • Ohio District (LCMS) Northwest Circuit III Convocation "Caring for Depressed and Despairing People (Souls)" - Dr. Beverly Yahnke (Executive Director, Doxology), presenter, June 9, 2018, 6 contact hours
    • SpeakUP/ Lutheran Foundation seminar on Suicide, including certificate of completion of SafeTALK curriculum - June 14, 2018 - 7 contact hours
    • Third Annual "Responding to the Needs of Victims" Conference, Summit County Prosecutors' office, Akron, Ohio, September 21, 6 contact hours
    • 11th Annual Pat Risser RSVP Mental Health Conference, Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Ashland, Ohio, October 3
    • Emotional CPR training, Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Ashland, Ohio, October 4
    • Annual conference and meeting of Lutheran Church Extension Fund, San Diego CA, November 15-17
    • Ashland University Correctional Education Re-Entry Summit, Ashland, Ohio, December 5
    • Participation in "Thriving in Church Church Ministries" Certificate program, Ashland Theological Seminary, Winter 2018-Spring 2019
    In 2019
    • Workshop on Toxic Stress, Medina Community Hospital, Medina, Ohio March 13
    • SELC District Professional Church Workers' Conference (including Grace Place Wellness / Lutheran Wellness Wheel), Parma, Ohio, May 6-7
    • Grace Place Wellness Retreat, Stroudsburg, PA, August 5-9
    • LCMS Ministerial Care Coalition Conference, St Louis MO, Sept 18-20
    • LookUp Faith Conference (sponsored by Lutheran Foundation of Fort Wayne), Ft Wayne IN, October 7
    • SELC District Central Circuit Pastors' Conference, Lorain OH, October 22-23
    • DOXOLOGY Cohort Gathering, Donaldson IN, October 4-7
    • CE seminar, Ohio Codes of Ethics for Mental Health and Social Workers, Ashland OH, Dec 5
    In 2020
    • SELC District Central Circuit Pastors' Conference, Sharon PA, Feb 4-5
    • DOXOLOGY Cohort Encore, Donaldson IN, Feb 7-8
    • "Trauma-Informed Care and Grief", Medina County Board of Mental Redardation and Developmental Disabilities, Medina OH, Feb 19
    • Webinar, "Teaching for Transformation", Healing Care Ministries, Ashland OH, Feb 25
    • Communications webinars, Concordia Publishing House, weekly April 28-June 9
    • LCMS Ministerial Care Coalition meeting, April 28
    • Webinar, "Ministry in Calamity:  Realities, Temptations, and Resources for Pastors", Dr. Bev Yahnke, June 2
    • Webinar, "The Resliient Pastor", Lutheran Foundation of Fort Wayne and Brotherhood Mutual, July 28
    • LCMS Ministerial Care Coalition meeting and review of survey results, September 24
    • SELC District Professional Church Workers' Conference, Sharon PA, September 29
    • LCMS Ministerial Care Coalition meeting, November 10
    • LookUp Webinar, "Substance Use in a Global Pandemic" Lutheran Foundation of Fort Wayne, November 20
    In 2021
    • Formational Prayer Seminar II, Healing Care Ministries, Ashland OH, January 12, 14, 21, 23
    • Galatians, Concordia Seminary Lay Bible Institute, St Louis MO, Feb 6

    Articles and Presentations

    • "On the Seventh Day:  Rest for the Caregiver" with Ronald W. Jones in Caring Connections Volume 3, Number 3, Fall 2006
    • "Life of the Beloved Pastor" included in Turning the Wheel:  Henri Nouwen and Our Search for God
    • "To the Ends of the Earth" - Bible Study for 2014 SELC District LWML Convention
    • "Abuse of Pastors, Parts 1 and 2" - Presentations for SELC District Board of Directors, 2015 & 2016
    • "More than a Metaphor" - paper for the Exegetical Symposium at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, February 2017
    • "Reflections on Being a Prodigal Pastor" in Caring Connections Volume 15, Number 3, Fall 2018 (page 24)
    • "Some Applications of the Confession/Absolution Paradigm" Part 1 and Part 2 (AKA "Ministry in a Time of Domestic Abuse") at SELC District Central Circuit Pastors' Conference, Arnold PA, October 2018
    • "Reflections of a Prodigal Pastor" devotion at SELC District Professional Church Workers' Conference, Sharon PA, September 29, 2020