I was born into the RCUS back on October 27, 1933, of parents and grandparents who on both the paternal side and the maternal side were lifelong members of the RCUS. I grew up on a farm near Hosmer, SD.
I attended rural grade school and then high school in Hosmer and graduated from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD, in 1955. The Lord began calling me into the ministry during my high school years through the encouragement of my pastor, the late Rev. Walter Grossmann. I attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, from 1955 to 1958. I graduated from Westminster on May 21, 1958. On May 24, 1958, I married my bride Claire from Philadelphia and she has by God’s grace been at my side ever since God gave us four covenant children and sixteen covenant grandchildren.
Being the first native son of the RCUS to attend Westminster Seminary, I began my ministry in Upham and Lincoln Valley, North Dakota, in June 1958. In 1964 we moved to Minot, North Dakota, to begin a mission work there. In 1968 I accepted the call to Peace Reformed Church in Garner, Iowa. In 1979, we moved to Emmanuel Reformed Church in Sutton, Nebraska. In December 1988, we left Sutton and began my pastorate in Grace Reformed Church Bakersfield, California. Because of declining health, I resigned the active pastorate October 31, 1995. In 1997 we moved to Mesa, Arizona to be near our children. However, until September of 2010, I had the great blessing of frequently preaching in many different churches and denominations. Soli Deo Gloria