I attended Dordt College for Journalism and Theology and went on to gain my M. Div from Western Theological Seminary and Calvin Theological Seminary. I am an ordained minister of the CRC as of Novemeber of 2012, and I am enjoying serving the CRC through my work as a chaplain and providing pastoral care in my home church. I have a mutual love and wrestling with the fact that I do not "look like" a "typical" (male, older) pastor that you normally find within our denomination, especially within my conservative classis. When I get asked if I will be providing the special music for people's church, it is with humor and delicacy that I can say, "Well, hopefully I will provide a special message." But don't let my 5"0 frame and rather funky hair fool you: I love the Church, I love Reformed Doctrine, and I love how God calls the most unlikely people to stand up in the pulpit. Thus, I continue to love the CRC with all her challenges, nuances, and overall dedication to hear and commit to living out God's calling.