Born June 15, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. Attended Daniel J. Corkery School in from 1955 through 1959, and Grace Evangelical Lutheran School from 1960 through 1964. Graduated from Luther High School South in 1968. A.A. from Wilbur Wright College (1974). BA from Concordia College, River Forest (now Concordia University Chicago) in Liberal Arts (History major, English minor) in 1981. M.Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa in 1986.
Served in various positions from volunteer to area chairman and ward canvass coordinator for political campaigns ranging from the Chicago City Council to the State Legislature to the presidency in the 'Sixties, Seventies and 'Eighties. Served as a delegate to the Iowa state conventions of both major parties.
Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Webster Groves, Missouri from 1986 to 1989. Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kellogg, Iowa and St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in rural Sully, Iowa from 1989 to 1999, and St. Mary Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa from 2008 to 2010. Employed by Pinkerton Government Services at Northrup Grumman Independence Center, Chantilly, Virginia in 2004. Pastor of St. Mary's Lutheran Church in Des Moines from 2007 through May of 2010.