I grew up in a Christian home where church was a regular part of life, most of those years in St. Francis, MN. Before my senior year of high school, I met Jenny from Milaca, MN, counseling at Grindstone Lake Bible Camp. After a yearlong mission venture in Venezuela for her, and my senior year of high school, we started dating, which lasted through my four years at Crown College and ended with us getting degrees (Jenny with an AA degree in Early Childhood Education, and Kirk with a BA in Pastoral Ministry/Youth minor) and married in 2001. From there, we moved to Grand Marais, MN to do youth ministry for three years, and then I received a great opportunity to do an M.Div at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School north of Chicago, which I completed from 2004-2007. Our first child Joel was born early summer of 2007, and after serving Meadowland Community Church in Johnsburg, IL, I accepted the Lead Pastor position at Bridge Community Church in Sauk Rapids, MN in 2008. Our daughter Bria was born in 2009. We added a Christmas puppy (Molly) to the mix 2014.
God was leading us to something new, and he worked through Trio to call me to serve as Trio’s Lead Pastor in the summer of 2016, so we packed up and moved our clan to Mora. We love Minnesota, and spending time together as a family, camping/RVing, fishing, and visiting family. Jenny enjoys working with preschoolers and babies, photography, and summer weather. Kirk enjoys fishing, football (baseball and hockey too), coffee, and outdoor adventures. We want to see Mora impacted by the people of Jesus, making disciplemaking disciples who follow Jesus, serve and love people, and take God-sized risks in their everyday lives.
I am glad to be a part of the Trio church family. Years back I felt called with a few others from Mora to be a part of something different in the Mora community. We wanted to share the Love of Christ in real and practical ways. I wanted to be part of a church where people are real and you can come as you are.
I have been married to my wife Shelli for 26 years and have two children Miranda & Justin, we love to attend Trio together as a family and want to serve as God calls us.
Let it snow!
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.