I am a transitional pastor and conflict management consultant serving with Interim Pastor Ministries. I am ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) and have served as the senior pastor of EFCA churches in Minnesota and Florida. In 2015, after fifteen years of pastoral ministry in the EFCA, I sensed God calling me into the unique ministry of ministering to churches in pastoral transition as an intentional interim and interventionist pastor with Interim Pastor Ministries.
I am also a attorney and served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force. During the course of my active legal career, I became involved with Peacemaker Ministries and have served as a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2010. Peacemaker Ministries has given me unique opportunities to blend my pastoral and legal training and experience. I have served as a conflict management consultant and conciliator/mediator in disputes involving church staffs, small businesses, marriages, and families.
I met my wife, Cindy (Miller) Werthman, in seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Cindy earned her M.A. in Counseling and has ministered as a counselor in a variety of professional and ministry settings. We have been blessed with three sons who are all currently in college and graduate school.