Raised on a dairy farm in a strong Lutheran family, I was saved in my middle teens through personal Bible study and hearing Billy Graham’s preaching on television. I left the Lutheran church at age 20 because of Biblical convictions, and was led of the Lord to a fundamental Baptist church (now Wyldewood Baptist) in Oshkosh, WI. In 1973 I married Tricia Schulz, then attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO from 1975-1978 earning a Graduate of Theology in the Missions program. I returned to the Oshkosh area and worked a full time secular job, serving during this time as a college/adult age Sunday School teacher, and one year as Sunday School superintendent.
During this time we were diligently seeking the Lord’s direction for our future, and in 1984 we went on a mission trip to the Communist countries of Eastern Europe. While on that trip to Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, the Lord spoke to my heart and convicted me about my part in helping the oppressed and needy people of Eastern Europe. Through that opportunity I was burdened to work with the Iron Curtain ministry, Couriers For Christ, which was already a ministry of Wyldewood Baptist. On October 20, 1984 I was ordained by my church. I served as a part time representative from September 1984 to June of 1986 when I quit my full time job and went out full time in the ministry of Couriers For Christ.