Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jared Bell -- Youth Pastor

When Jared Bell was a student a few years back he helped lead the college service at Lakeview Church, and wound up in his senior year doing his preaching practicum at Westminster Presbyterian here in Marion. He graduated from IWU in 2005. Jared is now a youth pastor in a Wesleyan Church in Kernersville, North Carolina. He is married to Becky Sievers Bell and they just had their baby girl this week.

While Jared is from San Diego, he has adapted well to the land of sweet tea and biscuits. He’s one of those youth pastors with strict office hours every morning. He spends the afternoons making phone calls, visiting people, and teaching free guitar lessons. Jared is a master at connecting with people. He is no one-man-show though—he has built a strong team of volunteers that releases him to build relationships, preach & teach and develop the team.

I fondly remember how hard Jared worked in my classes and I’m proud of how he works so hard in ministry today—Jared is my joy and crown. I'm proud of you Jared!

For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 1 Thessalonians 2:19 (NIV)

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