JAY VAN GELDER

I was born and raised in Orange City, Iowa.  The plan for my life was to be a hog farmer, but God had bigger plans and called me to youth ministry in 1996.  I have been the Youth Pastor at Hope Church since 2008.  My wife, Shantel, and I have been blessed with two daughters, Shayler and Kamdyn. My mission statement is to be an influencer for Jesus Christ.  I believe in building relationships with others, and I love to encourage and inspire young people to have a personal relationship with Jesus and to walk with them as they discover and grow in their faith journey.  My life verse is found in Ephesians 3:20. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work, within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”