Prior to my current position, I served for fourteen years in urban multicultural settings in Milwaukee, Wis. and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota as Vice President of Twin Cities Urban Reconciliation Network (TURN), the senior, associate, and assistant pastor at three multicultural congregations, as well as serving my community in North Minneapolis and St. Paul working with youth workers and young people.
My current vocational interest is to improve pre-service teacher education programs in order to prepare pre-service teachers and youth educators to successfully teach in increasingly diverse and multicultural contexts of learning.
In my time away from school I enjoy traveling with my family, riding my bike, and serving my community in North Minneapolis. I became a widower after nearly 30 years of marriage. I am blessed with two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren who are making a difference in this world.
"Let us put our minds together and see what life we will make for our children." – Sitting Bull
My current research is divided between the areas of rethinking Youth Ministry—how do we work with youth in their everyday life and how—do we create and design significant learning experiences with students?
Ed. D., Hamline University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
M.Ed., Youth Development Leadership & Youth Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary-Dallas, Texas
Th.M., Systematic Theology, Urban Ministries Minor, California State University at Long Beach, California
B.A., Communications, Philosophy Minor