As many of you know, I will soon be heading down to Texas to pursue my Masters in Divinity at Truett Seminary. But, there is also an even greater and more exciting life change around the corner for me: marriage! This past Friday I proposed marriage to the most wonderful girl, Annika, and she said yes! The two of us met just before Freshman year of college almost five years ago and have been great friends since. I had the chance to visit her in Ireland back in February and I took the opportunity. By the end of the trip, I could feel God’s presence in our relationship so potent that it was unlike anything else. She is the greatest woman I’ve ever known: brilliant, wonderfully whimsical, passionately spiritual and God-seeking, and stunning. Shortly after I returned from Ireland, I knew I was going to marry her. Soon after this, I found out I received the scholarship to attend Truett. This posed a question: “What should we do?” The obvious answer? Start the adventure in Texas together! Immediately we started planning a wedding for this year. Since then, the jaw-dropping number of things that have fallen and continue to fall into place perfectly is nothing short of miraculous. We will be getting married this fall and moving down to Texas together this winter to start our life together. If there is something that any of you would like to do to support us as we prepare for our life together, anything from advice to gifts are immensely welcome.
My adventure here in Coeur d’Alene with you all has been amazing. There were times I felt lonely or struggled with living over here in a new place all on my own. But, in those times, so many of you found ways to make me feel at home in the fellowship of this church. You all have exemplified what it means to be the Body of Christ and it has been my pleasure to work alongside you in our mission to serve. With just two months left in my time here at 1stPres, I want to thank you all. You have all been welcoming to me and many of you have become like family.