At our Sunday Worship Service you will often see me taking care of the projector. What attracts me to Cross Culture is that I can make a change for God in this world by being a part. The fellowship that we have, is like nothing I’ve stumbled upon in any other congregation. As a treasurer I take care of the finances. If you have questions about the webpage/accounting or the projector, please feel free to ask me.
Hi, I’m Petra, the secretary of Cross Culture. I was born and grew up in Zurich in Switzerland. During an exchange semester in Uppsala, both my master thesis project and the time I spent in Cross Culture convinced me to come back to Sweden for my PhD studies in infection biology. Since April, I’m married to Benjamin, and of course I wouldn’t come back to Uppsala without him! Grown up in a christian family, I’m very thankful to my parents for leading me towards a relationship with Jesus ever since I can remember. When getting older, I’ve made my own decision to lay my life in God’s hands and to follow Jesus. It is amazing to look back and see how He’s been watching over me all my life and carrying me through. And it is even more amazing to see how His love has been changing me. I’m longing to see how living with Jesus changes the people surrounding me, and I pray that Cross Culture will be a place where people answer God’s calling and are changed as they follow Jesus with all their heart. In Cross Culture, I’ve felt welcome and home from the very first moment on. My brothers and sisters encouraged me to use my gifts to serve God and the community, and so I became part of the worship team. I’ve never experienced such a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere in any other church. Now being a member of the board, I would like to help Cross Culture to welcome and encourage others in a similar way, to lead them to a life with Jesus and to encourage and equip them to continue to follow Him.
I come from the north of Sweden and I am vice chairman and also preach sometimes at CrossCulture. I study theology at Johannelunds School of Theology in Uppsala, and I have been working as an assistant nurse. I grew up in a christian context, but christianity did not make sense for me so I went my own ways. I still pondered a lot about life and the purpose of living, but it was a long period with struggles of what was really true. Eventually God came through in my life and I understood that the relationship with my Lord and creator was what I really was searhing for in my life. Short after I found my way to Uppsala to study at bibleschool. After a while I found CrossCulture and I really liked the services and the fellowship. What I like most is that in CrossCulture I felt welcome and I could be myself and seek to understand more of Jesus together with other people as a community. I think it is enriching for the congregation to be people from different countries and backgrounds and that we can learn from our different walks in life.
I am married to Anette and the proud father of five adult children. I was born in California where I grew up and eventually became an Executive Chef making food for lots of famous people. One day, before our youngest daughter was born, God called me to move to Sweden and become a priest, preach the Gospel and start new worshipping communities. That was over 20 years ago. For the past 8 years I’ve been the senior priest/pastor for Cross Culture Christian Fellowship. On any given Sunday Worship Service, you might find me helping out with the Worship Team, preaching the sermon for that day, leading one of our prayers or just enjoying the service. It has been my pleasure to be a part of a multicultural and multigenerational community and I hope that Cross Culture and be a place where you can also grow in faith, service and your understanding of God’s calling in your life. You can always ask questions about the sermon, the Christian faith or anything else that is on your mind. There are not stupid questions here. I am also available for confidential counseling which is protected by the laws of the Kingdom of Sweden. So if you need prayer, someone to talk to or you just want to know more about Cross Culture then feel free to ask. We believe that our distinctive community has a unique role to contribute to the Christian community of Uppsala and we hope that you will help us in this endeavor. May you time here be a blessing to you.