Aaron Palmquist grew up in a Christian home but went through some dark times. As we talked about the ups and downs of his life, it became clear that God had His hand on Aaron's life.

Now Aaron's heart is to make disciples wherever God has him. He focuses on people who are far from God and leads others to do the same.

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Aaron's History with God

Aaron is a bivocational minister who operates in the marketplace and has never been to Seminary. He grew up in a Christian home but went through some very dark times.

Throughout his childhood, he often wondered if he had given his life to Christ but was always reminded that he had. Unfortunately, he couldn't remember having done so.

Later, when he was struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, he realized that Jesus was the only way out. So he made the choice to follow Christ.

Though his life didn't transform immediately, he began to see progress and followed the Lord as best he could. Until college.

After a few years of running from God, his life began to turn towards God again.

Key Scripture & Guiding Principle

For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm [51:16]-17 ESV)

Aaron's focus is both upward and outward

  • Great Commission (Matthew [28:16]-20)
  • Great Commandment (Matthew [22:36]-40)
  • Great Target (Acts 1:8)
  • Great Team (Ephesians [4:11])


Back in 2008, Aaron was working as a loan officer. He was hit hard by the housing market reset; his income took a dip of over 60%.

God was faithful to his family through that time but it was very difficult. In fact, God not only provided for them financially but also helped them grow in their faith.


Almost a year ago, God showed Aaron that divine healing is a commandment from Jesus. Then God took him on a journey of revelation as He showed Aaron that healing wasn't just for overseas ministries.

Note: You'll see this book later as well, but since it came up in our conversation here, I wanted to let you know that Aaron recommended: Divine Healing Made Simple.

Significance in the Marketplace

Aaron reminds us that relatively few are called to full-time vocational ministry. But that should excite us because most of the extraordinary happenings are outside the church building.

Speed Round

Best Advice

Book Recommendation

Parting Advice

Aaron commented that he never would have predicted how much making disciples has grown his marriage. He recommends that we go above and beyond to form deep relationships.

  • Holy Spirit, Jesus, Father
  • Brothers and sisters in church
  • Those who are far from God

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