Pastor of Families and Young Adults

Jeff Darnauer

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I grew up in northwest Kansas, went to college in suburban Chicago, and moved to Sterling from Kansas City, where I attended seminary and served as youth pastor in the Church of the Nazarene.  I spent 12 years in youth ministry before transitioning into my current role as an associate pastor.

I am ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and hold a B.A. in Christian Education and Bible/Theology from Wheaton College (IL) and an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary.  I also am an adjunct professor at Sterling College, teaching courses in youth and family ministry.

My passion is to see young and old coming together to follow Jesus, taking on His character, growing in their intimate knowledge of Him, and  joining His mission in the world.

I met my beautiful wife Kristi on a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico.  We have three fun and energetic kids...Jace, Caleb, and Tessa.  I am a coffee enthusiast.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, travelling, reading, and being outdoors and active. 

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First United Methodist Church

  July 2020  
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