I started working clinically in counseling settings in 1996 and have been in church-based ministry since 2001. I attended Moody Bible Institute receiving a B.A. in Christian Education and continued my education at Denver Seminary, a CACREP accredited school, where I received an M.A. in professional counseling. I started my professional career as a licensed mental health counselor (Wis. Stat. HSS 61.96 (3) where I focused on diagnosing and treating mental illness and providing care for individuals and families in crisis.
I felt a distinct leading from the Lord to bring my training, experience and care into the local church. Though I was no longer a licensed mental health provider, I was able to use my training and experience to inform the work I did with people to help them experience fullness through Jesus Christ. Early In my pastoral career I was introduced to the power of story to facilitate growth and healing and it revolutionized my approach to people and their problems.
From 2001-2019 I served a local church in a variety of pastoral capacities: Pastor of Student Ministries, Pastor of Youth and Family, Pastor of Adult Ministry and most recently Executive Pastor of Ministry Development where I developed and equipped teams, managed and developed associate pastoral staff and directors, and worked with ministry volunteers empowering them to fulfill the Great Commission.
In 2020 I completed the Certificate 1 Program in Narrative Focused Trauma Care from the Allender Institute.
Focus: Leadership and team development, counseling & church-based counseling ministry development, Group Counseling, Crisis Care, Biblically-based Teaching/Preaching, Church Consulting, Church-based Sexual Integrity Ministry Development