They Keep You Young

Ian and his family have been at Zion since moving to Buffalo in 2001.

I enjoy all that Zion offers for the youth programs, plus all the happy members and guests.

He grew up attending Grace Lutheran in Apple Valley, and his favorite Bible verse is Luke 6:31.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

My Father taught me at a young age to treat people like you want to be treated.

Ian and his two sons are familiar to many worshippers as ushers with the Second Sunday Welcome Team. He is also a regular parent volunteer with the Senior High Youth Group.

I believe that we were put here to help and support others, in ways big and small. Youth ministry is important because it gives youth something solid and constant to believe in and focus on.

After helping with the senior high winter retreat at Lake Wapogasset Bible Camp last January, Ian jumped at the chance to accompany the mission trip group to Milwaukee in July.

I knew the youth group was a great bunch, plus how can you say no to Pastor Suzi. It was a blast-with a great bunch of young adults. I really enjoyed how much pride the group put in their work and all the happy, tired faces at the end of the day. The ride to Milwaukee and back was non-stop laughter. They keep you young.

Throughout the trip, Ian learned a lot from the youth, watched moments of service and hard work, learned new games, and heard new insights about scripture and faith.  He learned a few unexpected things too … like (through the experience of a few of the boys) why one should not drink over 60oz of water right before the long drive home!

Ian has worked for ADM for 37 years, where he is a manager at a flour mill. His family enjoys waterskiing and snow skiing.