I began serving as Lead Pastor at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church in August of 2011, after serving as Senior Pastor of Faith Reformed Church in Traverse City for 9 1/2 years.
I began my ministry career as a Chaplain at my alma mater, Hope College. I served in that capacity for 7 years and also coached football at Hope for 3 years. Following my time serving at Hope we lived in the Chicago area for 22 years. We lived in Downers Grove for 10 years when I served at Christ Church of Oak Brook as Pastor of Young Adults and later as Executive Pastor. We then moved to Palos Heights where I served as Senior Pastor at Christ Community Church for 12 years. I have been able to maintain my interest in sports and coaching throughout my ministry career and have 15 years of experience coaching high school basketball.
My wife, Becky, is an educator and has spent her career teaching children with special needs as well as pre-school and kindergarten. Our children are all grown and out of the nest! Our oldest, Ben, lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Our middle child Jesse and his wife Marta live in Glenview. Becky is currently serving as a day care provider for their daughter, our first grandchild, Elsie. Our youngest, Libby, lives in Traverse City, Michigan.
Becky and I love to spend time with our family. We also like to be at the beach and on the water. I have a really nasty golf addiction!
Returning to the Chicago area is exciting for us. Becky’s entire family is in the area and we have many friends who live here. We love the city; the museums, parks, cultural opportunities and sports teams.
As Lead Pastor at Elmhurst CRC, I am responsible for vision casting, providing direction for the staff and lay leaders, preaching and our Outreach ministries. I am excited to see how God will lead us in being His shining light and living water.
Phone: (630) 600-5100