The Mountain View PC Associate Pastor Nominating Committee recommended Dan Jones as their first Associate Pastor, and the congregation recently voted in approval. Dan has been interviewed by the Commission on Ministry, and will be recommended to the Northwest Coast Presbytery at the meeting in October.
Dan formerly served as the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) at Seattle Pacific University where he worked with student leaders seeking to develop Christian community focused on learning and growth. As an RLC, Dan recruited, trained, mentored and supervised student leaders. Dan sees his work first and foremost as an act of discipleship as he helps his students discover their God-given potential and further explore their faith. Dan is passionate about discipleship and believes growth happens in the context of relationship—relationship with God and relationship with each other. He is eager to connect with the folks of Mountain View and to learn their unique stories. Having spent the last decade of his life studying, working, and living in educational institutions, Dan values the connection between faith and learning. He is passionate about Christian education, Bible-centered preaching, and applying what we learn from study and conversation to every aspect of life.
Dan is a fifth generation Californian and the youngest of four children. He grew up playing sports, being involved at church, and spending time with his family. Dan studied Educational Ministry at SPU and then received his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to working for two Christian Universities, Dan has also interned at a number of churches. He has worked with youth, college students, and adults. Dan’s experience in pastoral care includes both visiting folks in hospitals and serving at Harborview Medical Center for 6 months as a Chaplain for his Clinical Pastoral Education.
Dan has an eclectic denominational background, having visited and served in a number of different kinds of churches. Born in a non-denominational home, Dan describes his denominational background as a journey with many fascinating detours. As a teenager, he was a student leader at Saddleback Church, a mega church with average weekly attendance of 20,000 people. He attended a Free Methodist University, worshiping often at Bethany Community Church during his college years. While studying for ministry, he interned at a Nazarene Church, Missionary Alliance Church, and Mennonite Church in addition to working as an interim youth director at a Foursquare Church. During his first year of seminary, he helped start a small missional community in Orange County, California. He finally found a home with PC(USA) toward the end of seminary. Dan describes himself as ecumenical and believes that Christians can learn profound truth from each other. That being said, he is also distinctly Presbyterian, valuing democratic polity, emphasis on education, the authority of scripture, and a robust theology of grace.
Dan experienced his call to pastoral ministry as a 16 year old on a service mission’s trip to Mexico. As a teenager from affluent South Orange County, California, Dan witnessed the economic disparity between his home and a poor village in Mexico. In this context, he discovered a renewed commitment to Jesus and a call to serve God and beckon others to follow Jesus. Since this call was planted in his heart, Dan’s abilities as a pastor have been nurtured over the years through service, education, and training.
Dan’s favorite pastime is reading a good book at a quiet coffee shop. He appreciates rich conversation with people and loves talking about God, faith, relationships, and social justice. As an avid movie lover, you can often find him taking in a movie with his wife Sara. They love having people over to their home as long as it includes good food, deep conversation and the occasional spontaneous dance party.