Pastor Jared came to Bethany UMC in July 2017 after spending 6 years in youth ministry.  Jared grew up in the Mennonite church and experienced a call to ministry in high school. He went to Eastern University for undergrad and Eastern Mennonite Seminary for graduate school.  It was through meeting his wife, Elizabeth, and his time in seminary that he began to feel called to pastor in the United Methodist Church (It is a long story that you should ask him about if you want more information).  Jared is passionate about growing vibrant Disciples of Christ who seek to share the light and love of Christ in all that they do. 

Outside of Bethany, Pastor Jared works as COO for Jubilee Ministries. In his free time, he can be found reading, spending time at Pocono Plateau, at the beach, or cheering on Penn State Football. He also has a large collection of crazy socks, everything from Iguanas eating cheeseburgers to Christmas trees. 

Jared was married to his wife Elizabeth in January 2010 and together have 7 ‘fur-babies’. Three dogs (Annie, Cooper, and Emma), three cats, (Jack, Abigail, and Elsa) and a rat (Cleopatra).  

Pastor Jared can be reached at pastorjstoltzfus@gmail.com

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