I grew up on a farm in western North Dakota, graduated from the University of Montana (Missoula) in Forestry. I first started smoke jumping in 1971 in Missoula, MT I went to Wartburg Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa) in 1986 and graduated in 1990, I smoke jumped that summer before being called to Zion Lutheran in Glendive, Trinity Lutheran in Wibaux, and Deer Creek Lutheran out of Lindsay, Montana. I accepted a call to Peace Lutheran in Belgrade, Montana in the fall of 1994 and have been the pastor here since then.
I am attempting to learn to play stringed instruments in my later years. I have two six string guitars, two twelve string guitars, two mandolins, two mountain dulcimers, one ukulele, one banjo and one stand up bass at this time.
Karen works at Quilting in the Country in Bozeman, Montana two days a week, the other days of the week usually finds her making quilts at home for others. Karen grew up in Williston, North Dakota, she graduated from the University of Montana (Missoula) in Elementary Education. She taught in Lolo, Montana outside of Missoula for two years. Karen plays the piano and organ. She has also tried to play the ukulele, mandolin, and guitar but finds them more difficult to understand than the keyboard.
We have three children, Lisa works at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mark smoke jumps out of West Yellowstone, and Mary is an Occupational Therapist out of Billings, Montana. Mary's husband is a high school teacher in Park City, Montana; they have two children.