Born in Tennessee, raised in north Louisiana and having lived most of his adult life in Texas, Ed has served on the pastoral team of five churches during the past 36 years. In those churches, he has held various pastoral positions including youth pastor, worship pastor, single adult pastor, adult education pastor, ministry staff pastor, ministry administration pastor and executive pastor.
For over 14 years, Ed served on the pastoral team at Gateway Church. During his time there, Ed helped put in place many structures and processes to accommodate Gateway’s dynamic growth. His primary assignment at Gateway was overseeing a nationwide ministry to pastors and churches, which offered quarterly seminars and an annual conference for thousands of pastors and church leaders.
Ed frequently ministers in churches throughout the nation. In the past 15 years, he has consulted over 300 churches on-site. He’s served churches of all sizes and denominations – both charismatic & traditional – church plants as well as established churches. Ed has experience assisting churches in all situations – whether a church is growing dynamically, plateaued in its growth, or in steep decline.
An avid and loyal sports fan, Ed cheers for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badgers, Tennessee Volunteers and Marquette Golden Eagles.
Married for 30 years, Ed and Bethani have two amazing adult sons. Their older son, Josiah, is husband to Jenna and father to Evelyn, Charlie, and Max (the cutest grandchildren ever). Josiah is an Associate Pastor with Gateway Worship. He is a gifted songwriter with strong administrative and leadership abilities. Their younger son, Levi, is single, living in Dallas and loves his job on the Audio Visual team at Children’s Health.