Welcome to my space on the Salem webpage! I’m glad you’ve stopped by!
At the heart of my ministry at Salem is a desire to hear God’s Word in its purity, trusting that as we do we will be changed because of it. What excites me about Salem is the desire of the members to hear the Word of God and the encouragement they give me to preach it with integrity.
Prior to my coming to Salem, I was a chaplain resident at Deaconess Hospital in downtown Evansville. I received my Master of Divinity degree with honors from the Graduate School of Theology and Missions at Oral Roberts University and a Bachelor of Theology degree from the International Bible College in San Antonio, Texas. I also completed a semester-long course in the history and theology of churches like Salem through Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. I hold ordained ministerial standing in the Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches, a post-denominational network of pastors and churches that share Salem’s background.
I’m the husband to Sue Peterson and the father of three terrific children and have enjoyed becoming a recent grandfather. I was raised in Minnesota and Wisconsin and remain a committed fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins (my childhood favorites). Our family enjoys the outdoors, and whenever I can I enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, whitewater rafting, and traveling. Other hobbies include learning about history, enjoying good art and music, and going to the movies. I especially love old movies and television shows.
I pray that as you explore this website you’ll be encouraged in your walk with God and may come to know him better. Blessings to you!