JAY VAN GELDER

Pastor of Student Ministries

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.  He called me into youth ministry in 1996.  I have been enjoying being the Youth Pastor at Hope Church since 2008. My lovely wife, Shantel, and I have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Shayler and Kamdyn. As a family we enjoy swimming and showing cattle.

My life mission statement is to be an “Influencer for Jesus Christ”.  I believe in building positive and life long relationships with others.  I love to encourage and inspire young people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to walk humbly with them as they discover and grow in their “Next Steps” in their faith journey.

My life verse I love 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.”