I was born and raised in Michigan, where I married Penny and where our 2 children, Julia and Andrew, were born. We moved to Arizona in 1994, bought a house just a few blocks from Chaparral, and started attending shortly thereafter. I retired in 2016 after 40 years in the industrial computer industry working various jobs including software engineering, marketing, sales and tech support. I have a Danish heritage and was raised in the Lutheran church but after being part of a Christian community in Detroit during the 70’s Jesus movement I came to understand that being a Christian is all about having a personal relationship with Jesus. I have been active at Chaparral in the Men’s Ministry, small groups, Sunday School, mission trips, choir, sound booth and working on numerous construction projects around campus as an avid do-it-yourselfer and I am now humbled and blessed to serve as an elder.