Originally from Hartley, Iowa, Justin attended the University of St. Thomas from 2005 to 2009 where he graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies. During that time he also attended St. John Vianney College Seminary. Following graduation Justin was sent to study theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. After a period of continual discernment, in December 2013 Justin left the seminary and began working at Regis University as a Fr. Woody Program Coordinator working to provide services to the homeless in Denver. Through various ministries, Justin met Ricardo Simmonds and began working with Creatio in 2014. During the summer of 2014, along with four other Creatio guides, Justin received his Wilderness First Responder certificate. His outdoor passions include snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, cliff jumping, paintballing, and anything new and exhilarating.