About Me


In the summer of 1996 I discovered the font of life…a person…who called me to surrender my life in order to receive His!  I strive to live each day in response to this profound encounter and continue to receive from this endless font of mercy and love.

In 2003 I began working for the church as a full-time youth minister.  I was able to start a youth group from scratch and build it up to what most would call a successful youth ministry program.  From my perspective though, I desired so much more for the parish, for the young people and families involved, and for the church in general.

In 2010 I was hired by the Diocese of Sioux Falls to serve as the Director of Youth Ministry.  Since then I have spent my life in a role of formation and consultation to parishes within the diocese and as a consultant to dioceses and parishes across the country.

With over 15 years of experience in youth ministry, I have determined that the greatest need (not the only need) in youth ministry in the church today is that we reestablish a culture of authentic and intentional discipleship.  My hope is to use this space online to continue to inspire, encourage, and foster a dialogue that is so necessary.  I also hope to use my gifts in any way that I can and in any way they will be received in order to offer formation to others.  I look forward to connecting with anyone who would like to journey with me.

I hold a Master’s in Theology from the Augustine Institute.  I’ve had the privilege of speaking in dozens of other dioceses and to hundreds of parishes across the country.  I’ve also been honored to co-author a book with my friend and mentor Jim Beckman.

Finally, I am deeply in love with my spouse who has given more to the church in the 10 years we’ve been married than I will likely ever give.  I also strive to make my four children the first disciples that I care for.  I’m grateful for the church, the community, and all those who have formed me and have given me much to share.

To see a full list of the types of things I love doing and am available to assist with, please go here.

Happy To Assist!


I desire to go wherever the Lord calls me.  To see a full list of how I might be able to help, go here.


My Projects


My Most Recent Writings

The Four Areas of Formation

I like to highlight the four areas of formation as one of the fundamental components of a Discipleship focused youth ministry model because there really isn’t document (yet!) that talks

Let’s Work Together

I LOVE connecting with people who are passionate about the work of discipleship and evangelization.  Whether or not you just want to connect, you have an idea for one of my projects, or you’d like me to offer some sort of talk, workshop, or event for your parish or diocese, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

How can I assist? Please provide as much information as possible.