As a deacon, Earl represents the servant ministry of Christ in the liturgy, the parish and the community. Besides reading the Gospel, setting the table and giving the dismissal at Sunday services, Earl serves on the pastoral care team, AIDS Care Team, and in the welcome ministry to newcomers. In the community, Earl volunteers as a chaplain at Columbia Lutheran Home and as a cargo ship visitor with the Mission to Seafarers. Earl and his wife Nancy are blessed with twins, Melany and Cyrus, and live with two cats in the university area of Seattle. An avid cyclist, Earl has completed several tours, including two cross country, one coast to coast and another from North Dakota to Virginia.