Tell us about your family!

Organized chaos!  Leah and I have been married for twelve years.  We a son, four daughters (twins in the mix), and a black lab.  There's usually at least two major house projects going at any given time. So, loud.  Our house is very loud. We love reading together, doing art together, learning together and getting donuts every Saturday morning.

Is it true that your the best frisbee thrower in the midwest?

If only. That's probably my brother. But since I spent many hours in high school and college playing frisbee I can at least amuse the other pastors. I will admit that I have wasted more than a little time attempting Brodie Smith frisbee trick shots.  Still no success. I have recently learned how to play catch by myself.  Leah says I look ridiculous when I try that.

If you could go on a vacation to anywhere in the world for free where would you go?

My wife and I have always wanted to go to Santorini Greece.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life (other than the Bible) which book would it be?

What a cruel question! Can I cheat and have two?  Fiction: Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis.  I'm currently on my fourth reading.  Nonfiction:  Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne.

What is your favorite movie?

Harvey with Jimmy Stewart.

Favorite TV Show?

Foyle's War.

What music do you listen to when you’re not at the office?

Jimmy Needham, mostly. Or kids music.  Currently a little Fernando Ortega and Shane & Shane.

Favorite food?

Nothing warms my heart more than my wife's homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Best Local grub?

Leah and I both love panang curry and crab rangoons from Thai Flavors or Cool Basil.  Jethro's wings and waffle fry nachos.

Weekend with your wife, where do you take her?

If I really want to woo her I take her to IKEA in Minneapolis.

What is the hardest part of your job?

Dealing with myself. Nothing bothers me more than my own hypocrisy. I want to call my friends to see that true happiness is only found in Gospel-fueled holiness. It permeates our families, our work, even our suffering. But too often that's not my own desire.

Working with 4 of your college buddies is a dream for a lot of people, what makes it work?

I'm actually the youngest guy on staff, so I didn't know them in college as well people might think. I didn't know Trent at all. The other guys were a little older, so our paths only crossed in college choir.  But, yes, we have a lot in common, which is a lot of fun. Two years ago when we were at a pastors conference an older man walked over to us a session. We expected either some sagely advice (or more likely a reprimand) regarding the fun we we were clearly having.  Instead of an admonition he actually told us how jealous he was to see our teamwork.  As to what makes it work, we are all passionately stubborn but graciously flexible.

What is difficult about the situation?

How shall we say this?  During my sophomore year of college Mike and Josh's dorm room was directly above mine. They decided that 2 am was the best time to rearrange their room.  After an hour of thumping directly above my bed I had to be the mature one and go politely remind them that wasn't the best idea. I don't think much has changed.