May 5, 2011

We are excited to announce that Jared Bangs will be with us on May 21 & 22 to candidate for the associate pastor position of working with youth and young families.  Jared and his wife Caitlyn along with daughters Alethea and Sophia will spend time on Saturday afternoon at an event for younger families.  An evening event is being planned for youth.  Jared a native of Fergus Falls, MN will be graduating in June from Bethel Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree.  He met his wife Caitlyn while they were students at Bethel College.  Jared  will preach in the worship service which will be followed by an all church pot-luck meal.  After the meal the church will be able to ask him and Caitlyn questions.  A business meeting will conclude the day where a vote will be taken to extend him a call to join the pastoral staff. 
Jared excelled in college where he majored in Biblical and Theological Studies (and played football).  His Master of Divinity concentration was in Global and Contextual Studies (missions). With specific studies in Native American Christianity.  He recieved the Kern Scholar Full tution scholarship while at Bethel.  It is awarded based on commitment to ministry, academic ability and sense of call.  Jared feels his gifts are in the areas of preaching and teaching.  He also does very well relationally, connecting with people and ministering in small group settings.  David Ridder, Vice president and Dean of Bethel Seminary commented that Jared was one of the top graduating students if not the top.  It was also said of him that "you don't want to let him get away!"
Caitlyn, a native of Eagle River, Wisc., graduated from Bethel University with a major in Bible and History.  She played hockey for Bethel and is a Green Bay Packer fan.  She is currently pursuing the goal of making all the daughters new clothes for the next year. 
Their two daughters are Alethea (Aleah) age 2 and a half and Sophia 1 year old.  In their spare time Jared and Caitlyn enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities.  They nordic ski, snowboard and sled with their daughters.  They also enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and running.  They are avid gardeners.