Elder, West Carmel Parish
Lance was born into a Christian home of an anabaptist persuasion, and grew up the eldest of three boys in the suburbs of Chicago. His mother was one of the first members of their denomination to serve as an overseas missionary, living in Japan for over two years before meeting his father.
Some of the activities Lance has enjoyed at College Park Church include subbing as a teacher for Jim Williams in the New World Class, working with several small groups as a coach, organizing a short-term missions trip to east Asia and praying for dear friends on the mission field. He and his wife, Tracy, also enjoy working in the nursery and being in ministry together through the Oaks Academy, where Tracy serves as a counselor in conjunction with the Heart Change Ministry. Finally, they both enjoyed working with a few others from a Sunday School class in providing worship services for the past nine years at a local retirement home, where he would preach once a month to a group of 6-15 mostly widowed elderly women.
Lance wants to see the church continue to grow in love for each other, as Christ said that a great witness for Him would be evidenced in the way the church loves each other in unity (John 17:21). Lance loves fellowshipping with diverse groups of believers, discipling young men, and seeking God as He provides navigation through contemporary societal issues.