Pastor Bob was born in Milwaukee, WI and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Bob was planning a trip to San Francisco with two friends in the summer of 1966. Shortly before he was to leave, a call came asking if he would be the waterfront director at a church camp in central Wisconsin. He said "yes," and met Bonnie, his future wife, the first day there.
Bonnie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in elementary education and music. She is a specialist in reading and teaches children with reading disabilities in our home. She serves the Vineyard with a teaching and prophetic gifting.
Bob and Bonnie served two congregations in the Detroit Lakes area of northern Minnesota and St. John's Lutheran here in Oregon, WI until they founded Lord of Life in 1985. They have been married 34 years and have two grown sons. Andrew is a commercial pilot who is starting his own business. Peter is developing his own tutoring business and leads the worship ministry at the Vineyard.
Pastor Bob has worked part time as chaplain over the years. He has been a prison chaplain at the Oak Hill Correctional Institution in Oregon for 15 years. He now serves as a chaplain with HospiceCare Inc. Fitchburg. He also coordinates the spirituality sessions for Meriter Hospital's "NewStart" drug and alcohol program and is a Meriter Hospital night chaplain once a month. Hobbies include flying, travel, biking and cross-country skiing.