I’m the Senior Pastor at Hope Summit Christian Church, a bible-based, culturally relevant church, in Rochester, Minnesota. We’ve got a great team here at Hope Summit and I’m so grateful to be a part of what is happening here. As our lead pastor, my greatest joy is helping people to deepen their connection to God, discover timeless truths from the Bible, and helping leaders reach their full potential. I believe people grow strong in their faith by putting God’s word into action. We can do this through building relationships, actively participating in Christian community and reaching out to those who are far from God.
Education and Experience
I graduated from Valley Forge Christian College with a focus in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling. I have served in various leadership roles in churches around the country since 1994. Some of those roles include student ministry (youth), young adults (college), small groups, adult ministries, preaching, and teaching. After serving in the United States Air Force I joined the church planting team for Christ’s Church of the Valley in the suberbs of Philadelphia and spent almost 10 years there in service. After a great experience at CCV I then accepted a position as Senior Pastor at Hope Summit Christian Church in May of 2010.
I love my position here at Hope Summit. I enjoy teaching the Bible in a relevant way and leading our staff through the challenges we face in our efforts to reach this city. When I am not at Hope Summit I spend time helping leaders and coaching pastors around the country. I’m also very passionate about technology and blog on that subject from time to time at my other website TechPastor.net.
I was raised in a Christian home and discovered God at a young age. As a result, I became involved in church leadership as a teenager, leading and administrating adults and teens in the “Children’s Church” ministry. While serving in the Air Force in Montana, I brought to life every mother’s greatest fear by meeting the girl of my dreams, marrying her, and moving her far away from her family. (The number one rule out there is to “Never date the jetters!”) We have been married for 14 years and have two boys, Michael and Anthony.
In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my family, dining out at new restaurants with my wife and friends, and reading. Another favorite pastime is strolling through Disney World with my wife and boys, we try to do this every couple of years with my family. If you ever see three bald guys walking around with a large mouse, well… it just may be the Chiapperino brothers.