Max has pastored in urban and suburban congregations in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. Graduating from Concordia College, Moorhead in 1990, Max holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication with a minor in Spanish. He earned his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 1999. Max also received a certificate in non-profit management through the mini-MBA program of Dakota Wesleyan University in 2019.
Max's professional background also includes work in youth and children's ministry, therapeutic recreation with seniors and horticulture. Max studied voice at MacPhail school of music for 13 years and is passionate about the role of music in worship life. Some of Max's other passions are creating and sustaining community, mentoring, spiritual growth of the congregation, team building and social/environmental justice.
Originally from a farm background in Southeast South Dakota, Max lives in the Merriam Park neighborhood of St. Paul and enjoys gardening, birding and cooking in his free time.