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The light of my life is faith and family. I love cooking meals with my family and enjoy hiking, biking, and historical fiction.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned a Master of Divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
I love helping people build faithful relationships with Jesus and with each other in community. It gives me joy to lead in living out faith in daily life and discovering our gifts to love and serve all people.
Fun fact: I met Aaron Rodgers on two occasions: at a perfume counter at the mall and at Starbucks!
I joined Desert Cross as Associate Pastor in January of 2021. I come from a family of farmers in Northern Illinois. I graduated from Valparaiso University in 2005 and then enrolled at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where I received my Master of Divinity in 2009. My first call was as Associate Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Reynoldsburg, Ohio for five years, and then I served at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania for six years. My wife, Laura, and I have two children, Lincoln and Everett.
I root for the Green Bay Packers in the winter and the Chicago Cubs in the summer. I like to read novels, listen to podcasts, and hike with my family in my spare time. I am passionate about creating community in the midst of an ever-fragmented culture.
Fun fact: Thanks to my fifth-grade music teacher, I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in about 15 seconds.
Doug Bjotvedt - Director of Operations & Property
480-730-8600 ext. 103
Marie Maiorana - Office Manager
Daniel Decker - Director of Worship & Music Ministries
480-730-8600 ext. 108
Shannon Fossett - Director of Children's Ministries
480-730-8600 ext. 115
Denise McClellan - Director of Adult Ministries & Missional Service
480-730-8600 ext. 116
Natalie Smith - Children's Ministry Assistant
Joni Van Rossum - Director of Media Production
Denise Viker, RN - Parish Nurse
480-730-8600 ext. 122
Katelyn Williamson - Director of Youth & Family Ministries
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