ARMIN SOMMER - Senior Pastor
What do you like about working at Grace Church?
The clear sense of vision, as well as a staff and congregation that make this feel more like a family than an organization. These have been the happiest years of my life.
Who are the special people/person in your life?
My wife /best friend Nancy, as well as my two married daughters Rachel and Kristin, their husbands Josh and Luke, my four grandsons, Rush, Fox, Iver and Anders and my granddaughter, Dahlia.
What are the top 3 songs on your iPod/Music player?
Forever and For Always, by Shania Twain
The Same Power, by Jeremy Camp
What is something most people don't know about you?
I was a vocal and violin music major in college.
What are you reading right now?
Current & Recent Reading:
THE DEAD HAND (Untold Story of the Cold war Arms Race), by David E. Hoffman
LEONARDO DA VINCI, by Walter Isaacson
ALEXANDER THE GREAT, by Philip Freeman
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN (Five Months That Changed History, May-October 1940), by James Holland
ROCKET MEN (The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon), by Craig Nelson
GRACE IS GREATER (God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story) by Kyle Idleman
THIS DAY WE FIGHT (Breaking the Bondage of a Passive Spirit), by Francis Frangipane
COUNTERFEIT GODS (The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power and the Only Hope That Matters), by Timothy Keller
REAGAN IN HIS OWN VOICE (Ronald Reagan’s Radio Addresses), edited by Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson
What place would you like to visit before THE END...and why?
Tour the great US National Parks as well as several Provincial Parks in Canada.
Best Meal/Drink Ever?
Spaghetti with rich tomato sauce and sweet Italian sausage. Iced Americano from Starbucks.
What's something God's teaching you lately?
The overwhelming depth of His grace that He has lavished on me.
What excites and gets you dancing?
Favorite movies, and why?
"Dr. Zhivago", starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. (When we were younger my brother Bruce was the "spitting image" of Omar Sharif. Now he looks like Groucho Marx.)
“Moonstruck”, starring Cher and Nicholas Cage. Great, larger than life, stereotypical New York City Italian family. (Nancy and I howl with laughter every time we watch this. My sons-in-law, not being from the NY area, just don’t get it.)