Tell us about your Family!

I married my best friend and love of my life, Londa, in 1999. Fortunately, the whole Y2K thing never really took it’s toll, and it's been a fun ride ever since. (Being married in 1999, we were concerned that we may only have a few months together with all the Y2K hype!) I now have four children: Cloe, who is almost 12 years old; our nine year old twins, McClain and Carson; and Maddox, who is almost 4 years old. We both feel extremely blessed and thankful to be able to spend our lives together and build into the people God has put around us.

What is your favorite movie?

Tough call, I really like good stories. Recently, Inception and Interstellar were both thought provoking movies that left a deep impact on me. (I should note that I didn’t enjoy the 1998 thriller movie Deep Impact...just to be clear.)

I enjoy watching movies and evaluating the worldview through which the director is working. Any movie that has a good storyline is up my alley…and superhero movies. We love superhero movies!  Because if this whole pastor thing doesn’t work out, I am definitely going to be Batman.

Favorite TV Show?

Again, tough call. Breaking Bad really displayed the dark side of humanity. It painfully displayed the ramifications of sin and this broken world inside of a great story. However, I should note that many Christians may find it a little too dark. (like my wife who chose to sleep on the couch next to me during each episode)

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

I really appreciate almost every genre of music. I grew up playing a lot of western classical music on the violin and piano and listening to a lot of alternative music. (That is what we called it back in the 90's). I now spend most of my time listening for gems to sing with our church.

Favorite food?

I really like to eat anything that isn’t thrown haphazardly into a 9x13 pan and cooked beyond recognition. Also, I don’t like mashed potatoes. I will wait until my teeth fall out to eat those!  I don’t prefer beans in chili, but I will eat them. All that said, if you invite me into your home, you won’t know what food I don’t like because food is a gift, and I will eat it out of respect for you and our Creator.

Best Local grub?

There is a little place tucked away in a West Des Moines residential neighborhood that has really good food, but it is by invitation only. However, if you ask nicely, my wife will probably say yes and invite you over. Oh, you probably meant best restaurants. That would be the following: Wings = Jethros, Pho = A Dong, Fish and Chips = Royal Mile, Sushi = Sakari,  Burger = Flemmings. I think you get the idea. It all depends. (Don’t worry, the burger at Flemmings is under 7 dollars!)

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

Hawaii. With Londa, of course. It's our last state to visit.

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

To be honest, reading is a lot of work for me, and I don’t naturally enjoy it. However, I understand the benefits, so I persevere. The advent of podcasts and audio books have been a huge blessing to me. Anyway, currently I am required to read a lot of technical stuff for my masters work.  But, if you are going to insist on an answer I would say... Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World.

Weekend with your wife, where do you take her?

I'd take her on a road trip to somewhere warm!

What is the hardest part of your job?

I don’t know. I love our people. I love my work. My lifetime goal is to follow Peter’s instructions -- particularly not lording spiritual authority over people. I see this too much throughout the history of the church and the church today. Peter writes, "Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock."

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

I actually never dreamed about working with any of them. It didn't seem like an option when we were in college. However, I couldn’t be more blessed to work with four guys who are passionate about seeing people understand our Creator and the ultimate joy and satisfaction that we find in Him alone. I just teared up a little, sorry.

What is difficult about the situation?

Nothing that is worth sharing.  We work well together.

If you had to give one piece of advice to a budding musician within the church, what would it be?

Don’t be a stuck up musician. You’re not that cool. Just enjoy the gift God has given to you.  Use it for Him.

P.S. I am “offended" that you didn’t ask my favorite sport. What? Do you think because I sing and play the guitar that I don’t like sports? It’s baseball. America's favorite pastime. And don’t worry, you will never hear about baseball players dying young because of getting their clocks cleaned one to many times. Go Cubs!

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