I was born in Seattle, but grew up in several locations in Washington and Idaho. I learned early what it meant to be a follower of Jesus and how to fake being one. In eighth grade, I began reading through the Bible, motivated by a jab my science teacher made about Christians. God used those times of reading and a few influential people to change the direction of my life. I began seeking His work in me through Jesus. As God worked, I looked for ways to grow.  

In college, I volunteered to serve in a variety of youth ministries from camps to missions trips and weekly Bible studies.  I ended up getting a degree from Moody Bible Institute, and on November 6, 1995 accepted the invitation to serve as youth pastor at Whitney. 

At Moody, I also met my wife Rebekah. God has blessed us with three children who bring us crazy joy.  We have been humbled to serve side by side with some amazing people, seeing God transform our lives together. 

After five years in ministry at Whitney, the church sent us to seminary at Corban University. In 2012, I became the senior pastor at Whitney. 

Pastor Dan's email: pastordan@whitneybible.com



I was born in Nampa but moved to Salem, Oregon when I was four years old. I have spent the majority of my life living in Salem, with the exception of my junior year of college studying in Israel. Growing up in the church and as a pastor’s kid, I came to saving faith at a young age and treasure my testimony of knowing the Lord for most of my life.

God did some work on my heart in my high school years as I had a season-ending football injury that pushed me toward pursuing Bible classes at the local Christian college. It was this turning point that propelled me to pursue ministry, and I graduated from Corban University in 2013 with a degree in Student and Family Ministries.

I went on staff with my local church as the youth pastor from April 2013 through November 2021. I love working with students, love working in the local church, and love my wife Michelle! We have been married since November 2021, and are thrilled to be here as part of the Whitney Family.

Pastor Jarren's email: pastorjarren@whitneybible.com