Jesus and church have always been a part of my life, growing up in Minneapolis then in St. Francis, MN. I met Jenny, who grew up in Milaca, MN and has been my bride since 2001, counseling at Grindstone Lake Bible Camp while we were in high school. We graduated together from Crown College in 2001 (Jenny with an AA in Early Childhood Education, and me (Kirk) with a BA in Pastoral Ministry/Youth Ministry minor) then got married. We've served together at churches in Chaska, Grand Marais, and Sauk Rapids in Minnesota, as well as two churches in the Chicago suburbs while I attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div-2007). Our son Joel was born summer of 2007, and our daughter Bria was born summer of 2009. We added a Christmas puppy (Molly our Wheaten Terrier) to the mix in 2014.
Trio invited me to serve as their Lead Pastor in the summer of 2016. We are passionate about making disciples and loving our neighbors and neighborhood. Our family enjoys camping, hosting meals, and swimming. I personally enjoy fishing, football (and most sports), coffee, and outdoor adventures. We are excited to be a part of life in Trio and the Mora/Kanabec community.
My wife Debbie and I both grew up in Mora, Mn. We have/are raising our 4 children (Emily married to Chris, Max, Kennadie and Tayah) here for the last 25 years.
Our life together has been a journey, where God has given us many opportunities to take great steps of faith. When we have followed God’s calling, we have learned what a faithful God we serve. We are an imperfect family, so grateful for a forgiving and loving Father, who gives us opportunities to be used by Him each day.
It is my desire to be a part of a church full of sinners who are real and seek to follow God. A church that reads God’s word and simply does what it says. Love God and Love people.
It is our hope to serve alongside the people of Trio Church and our community, building relationships and loving others well.