I was born in Mitchell, SD and raised in Brandon SD. I am the sixth of nine children and eight of them are boys. My wife, Sarah, and I have three children. In my younger days, I felt God calling me to ministry but I ignored the call for many years of my life. During my high school days I excelled in football, wrestling, and track. And I ultimately took a football scholarship to SDSU.
I am originally from Clarinda, Iowa. I was raised in a church-going family, but didn’t realize I needed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until I was in high school. Thankfully, I had chosen the right friends to lead me in the right direction. I accepted Christ at a Youth for Christ rally when I was 15.