Essen is the founding pastor of Tabernacle.
He was born and raised in Tidewater. After graduating from James Madison University, Essen married Cathy, his high school prom date. He earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
Essen and Cathy have four kids, Rachel, Sarah, Michael, and Lydia, and love taking family trips together (Maine and Florida are favorites!).
He enjoys creating artwork, birthday cakes, and good dinners. He also has an embarrassing affinity for Star Wars Legos (Matthew 7:1-2).
Contact Essen at firstname.lastname@example.org