“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 English Standard Version). These words of Paul to the church at Thessalonica have been very important to me throughout my life. They remind me that despite the many attempts by man to cloud truth in this world, God’s word is truth and we are to cling to it. It is this truth that called me to Lutheran education.
I grew up in a small lumber town of Emmett, Idaho, about 30 miles southwest of Boise. I went to public school for all of my compulsory education. Even though I was taught by dedicated and caring teachers, there was one topic that was not, and could not be discussed. It wasn’t until I attended college at Concordia (a Lutheran University) that I had instructors that pointed their students to the truth, and that truth permeated all subjects. Of course we spoke of God and His creation in religion, but professors also pointed this out in other subjects that were a part of the general education curriculum. During my undergraduate work as a part of my Lutheran education diploma it was ingrained in us that, “you don’t only teach about God in Religion class, but He should be a part of all the subjects you teach”. This has stayed with me in my days as a Lutheran teacher and will continue as I move into administration.
In many ways schools today are all about teaching facts. Students today are tested endlessly on their knowledge of facts. In all of this, the truth about the creator of the universe and our part in it, are often overlooked. This is to our detriment. This is where our Lutheran schools can provide a clearer picture and fuller experience as we work to build up God’s chosen children to meet their fullest potential. And, because this training is built on God’s word, we can be secure in the words of Proverbs “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 English Standard Version).
All of this has brought me here to Christ in Stevensville. Sure, there are a lot of experiences that I bring from other places that I have served. It is my intention that in the future I will have opportunities to share with you those experiences as I work with you in building up the education ministry at Christ. In the meantime, let me share with you a couple of things about myself as a sort of introduction.
My Family: Angela, Grace (15), Olivia (12), Isaiah and Jacob (9)
Education: Concordia University Nebraska BS Secondary Education & M. Ed Education Administration
Hobbies: Fishing, reading, music (drums).
Licensed private pilot 1994