Follower of Jesus.

I grew up in a home with parents who loved Jesus but, as many Christian kids do, I went sideways for a season. As a college student, I read through the New Testament of the Bible asking two simple questions: “What does it mean to be a Christian?” and “What is the church supposed to be like?” The answers I found on those pages changed my life and now I am stumbling after Jesus the best I can, trying to point people toward him along the way. You can read a longer version of my story here.


I met my wife (Grace) when we were students at Michigan State University.  She hated me when she met me but I won her over. I can truly say God has given me a double portion of Grace (dad joke alert).


I have four+ kids: Emma (a public relations strategist) married to Clay, Jesse (a grad student), Ethan (a barber college student), and Cole (an undergraduate student).


I serve as the Teaching Pastor at Riverview Church (Riv), a multisite congregation in the Lansing, Michigan area. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Reliant Mission as well as the US Midwest Regional Executive Director for Acts 29.

Recovering Hypocrite.

Yup, you read that correctly.  You can learn more about my hypocrisy on this guest blog post I wrote for Saturate or listen to my aptly named podcast.

Reach Out.

If none of this scares you off and you want to contact me, you can find me on social media (links at the bottom of this page) or by emailing me at noel[at] Also, if you want me to speak at your event, the best way to go about that is to fill out my Speaker Request Form. I love traveling and speaking, but have to be careful how much I do for the sake of my family, church, and sanity.

Oh…I’m also an author.

You can check out my books by clicking here.

It should probably go without saying, but the views I express on this site (as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) are my own. They are the product of my personal experience, study, and hopefully, a little bit of sanctification. They are probably a little bit contradictory at times, but what can I say? I’m a work in progress.