Welcome to Cross Lutheran Church
We welcome you to Cross Lutheran Church's place on the web. We are still building this site and ask you to be patient while we make progress. We intend this site to be interesting, sometimes provocative, and always helpful. If you can't find the info you need feel free to contact us: (715) 749-3551. Please join us for worship Sunday mornings at 9am with coffee and treats following the service.
“We are family!” This expression was shared with me several times in my initial visits to Cross Lutheran. Already I can sense your love, care, and commitment to Christ and to each other here. You are blessed in Christ as a family in Christ and I am so happy to be here to serve Christ with you as your Interim Pastor.
As I join your family in Christ here I would like to introduce you to my family. My wife, Susan, and I are blessed with over 28 years of marriage. We are fortunate to be the parents of Laura and Eric. Laura is a senior at Luther College in Decorah, IA, majoring in elementary education. Eric is a freshmen at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, majoring in business. My wife is an estate planning attorney at a law firm in Maple Grove.
For over 25 years I have served ELCA congregations in Iowa (Cedar Rapids and Burlington), and the suburbs of the Minneapolis (Brooklyn Center, Hopkins, and Maple Grove). Most recently I served as Sr. Pastor of St. Luke’s in Bloomington. I am a graduate of St. Olaf College ('83) and The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago ('89).
I grew up in Kenyon, MN , a farming community of 1,500 located one hour south of Minneapolis. My parents and two sisters and their families still live there. My home church is First Lutheran where I was ordained in 1989.