Greg points to working as a certified nursing assistant in various long-term care settings as a young adult and the connection he experienced with residents as a source of inspiration to pursue a career in long-term care. One of his greatest joys is working to help provide inspiration and resources to those who live and work in our Good Samaritan Society communities across the country so that they may daily experience God's love.
Greg was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1983 and served a parish in Hendrum, Minn., for five years. He joined the Society in 1988 and served as director for spiritual ministries prior to being named vice president for spiritual ministries in 1998. He is a member of Lutheran Services of America and Augustana College's Board of Trustees (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Greg has developed the Good Samaritan Society’s curriculum for lay ministry, the STAR Program and its culture change movement, Christian Communities of Care. He leads retreats, seminars and workshops on the subjects of spirituality and aging. Greg has a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a master of divinity degree and doctor of ministry degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
Whether it's leading a mission/vision trip to Colombia for the Society or going on a yearly canoe trip to the Boundary Waters with friends, Greg loves to travel and meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. He is passionate about missions and envisioning how to continue connecting Good Samaritan Society residents and staff with places like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Colombia where the Society serves people in need through its Project Outreach. Greg and his wife also enjoy continuing to help guide and encourage their four children in their pursuits.