Meet the Pastor

 

  I was born in Columbus Oh. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Comparative Studies of Religion. After graduation I helped found a point of mission for the ELCA’s Young Adult in Global Mission program, where I lived and worked with the Roma people (gypsies) in Ukraine. I received my Master’s of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, where I meet my wife Ashley. Ashley has her Master’s in Diaconal Ministry, and is also the mother of our three children.

My first call to Word and Sacrament was in Litchfield, Illinois to Mt. Zion and Trinity Lutheran. Both of the churches are in rural Illinois.

I enjoy running distances that make most people cry, and I love all things beer. I brew my own beer and enjoy brewing long forgotten recipes.

I could go on and on about what I like and don’t like. What I do, or not. But really I am looking forward to showing you. Some things need to remain a mystery, at least in the short run. So I am not going to tell you if I like taking long walks on the beach. You’ll just have to ask when we meet. But what I really, really, super-really want you to know about me is I love the Lord. I want to love him with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul. And some days, I think, I actually get there. More often than I’d like to admit, I fall short. That’s where you come in. We, Cross+Road, are Gods people. I am a pastor. Not a super-man, but a man of God who wants to struggle with you about what it means to be Christian in our world today, and do the good work of spreading His message. I want you to know that I look forward to sharing my life with you. And I look forward to being invited into those special moments of your life.

I realize that this Bio is supposed to be about who I am, but since my identity is so wrapped up with whose I am I can only tell you part of the story. I am a child of God, like all of us who are baptized into the Triune God, I am blessed am forgiven. I look forward to worshiping Jesus and seeing how he changes and challenges my life. Because our God is an Active and present Lord, and I have not meet all His people, I think it’s more important to tell you, not who I am, but, that we are the Body of Christ, together.

Peace Love Unity Respect

Pastor Ryan