grew up in the racially charged urban mix of the inner city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the turbulent days of the the 1960's.While this external pressure was bad enough, his
family was caught in the confusion of their own poverty and drug and alcohol abuse.But these otherwise destructive factors became the pressure points of God's formation of a man with a passionate ministry, especially for the raising up of "sons and daughters" of all ages. The healing power of Christ and His Kingdom began its work in Pastor Randy at the age of 16, which set the stage for his love of youth to this day, nearly 40 years later.He
is known far and wide for this quote, "Youth are NOT the church of tomorrow.They are the church of TODAY and if they are not seen as such, the church will not have a 'tomorrow'."This principle is based on the words and actions of Jesus when He
took children into His
arms and told the witnesses around Him, "This IS the Kingdom of God.Indeed, the Kingdom BELONGS to them.And unless you enter the Kingdom as a child, you will have no place in it."(See Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17).So, even though he
is a senior pastor, this passion and love for youth keeps Pastor Randy
busy with youth camps and conferences.He
is also one of the founding pastors and vice-president of a regional youth ministry called Youth Alive.Pastor Dean has ordained and serves as an overseer of several ministers.
Some of whom work with him at his
church with the hope that someday, many will go out as children of this spiritual father.One of the ministries he
oversees and visits regularly is in the region of Valles, Mexico.A family from Pastor Randy's church lives there and over the past 2 decades have started 2 main churches in that city with over 20 other churches in mountain villages scattered throughout that region.Randy
has also ministered in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tallin Estonia, Helsinki Finland, and the Ukraine. In addition to his
pastoral ministry of 35 years and the church he
has pastored for the past 19 years in Forest, Wisconsin, Pastor Randy
has also been elected to an area board of education where he
has served for 5 terms (15 years).He was recently elected president of that school board. Pastor Dean has a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Ministry and a pending Masters Degree in Management.