Walking home from bible study on the Gospel of Mark, electricity went through me.
In that moment, through life in Christian community, I came to know:
God does not demand I become perfect before God accepts me.
God accepts me first, in order to perfect me.
I was studying engineering and computer science at the time. But I knew I would be serving this God the rest of my life, no matter what I did.
My wife, Sara Olson-Smith, is a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport. She also leads on the Camp Shalom board and the alumni board of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and has recently finished serving on the Southeastern Iowa Synod council, She quilts too.
Our children are Susannah and Amos.
I would love to hear from you about where you want to go for the sake of the gospel and how I can help you get there.