In a nutshell…
- Mission Developer Pastor at Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska. (My bio) (Sermons online)
- Technology, Math, and Science Geek.
- Musician who enjoys singing, piano, improv, and composition.
- Assistant Coach for the Holdrege Speech Team.
- Community guy: Holdrege Ambassador, Member of Holdrege Chamber Community Development board, Teammate to CJ.
- And, happiest of all, Husband and Daddy to my lovely wife Jennifer and my four children, Anneliese, Peter, Rebecca, and Laura.
Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church, 413 West Ave, PO Box 254, Holdrege, NE 68949
308-995-8019 | info -AT- spiritofgraceholdrege -DOT- org
www.SpiritOfGraceHoldrege.org | facebook.com/SpiritOfGrace | @HoldregeGrace
Worship for children and adults is Sundays at 10:33am.
720 Grant St, Holdrege, NE 68949, 308-999-9028 (mobile)
jennifer -AT- jennifercarnahan -DOT- com
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I was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Mansholt, Bishop of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on June 26, 2011 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Columbia, MO.
I received my Master of Divinity degree in 2011 from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA with a thesis, accepted by the faculty with honors, entitled, “Creativity and the Holy Spirit.” During seminary our family attended Lord of Life Lutheran Church. My pastoral internship under the supervision of the Rev. Mark Oehlert was in 2009-2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling, IL.
Prior to seminary, I was a software developer and vice-president of The Idea Works, Inc., a great small company making interesting products like SAGrader. In Columbia, MO, we attended Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church from 2004-2007.
Jennifer and I received our Bachelor of Science degrees summa cum laude, mine in Computer Science, hers in Biology, at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. During college, we were actively involved in Lutheran Student Fellowship and I was the 2003 and 2004 CROP Walk organizer for the Kirksville area.
I graduated from Parkway South High School in Manchester, MO. There, I was involved in forensics events, including Cross-Examination Debate (state semi-finalist, national qualifier), Extemporaneous Speaking (state finalist, national qualifier), Student Congress, and Mock Trial. I also participated in YMCA Youth in Government, the 2000 Missouri Boys’ State (elected State Attorney General), and the 1999 Missouri Scholars Academy (2004 recipient of the Standing Ovation award). I was also a founding member of my high school’s Meat Club, which has got to count for something.