- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich. (now Concordia University, Ann Arbor)
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
- Director of youth and music at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Edmond, Okla. (1982–85)
- Interpreter for the deaf for the Special School District of St. Louis County, St. Louis, Mo. (1986–96)
- Mission field developer for the deaf for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Atlantic District, New York, N.Y. (2000–11)
Knows American Sign Language. He was an interpreter for the deaf before becoming a pastor and interpreted at the White House during his vicarage.
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis:
Walk in the Missouri Botanical Garden and attend St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performances
“Lay hold of something that will help you, and then use it to help somebody else.” — Booker T. Washington