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Dan Colthorp
Senior Pastor

What do you love about your role as Senior Pastor at St. Joe First UMC?

I look forward to inspiring hundreds of people each week to live out the Christian faith.  I look forward to getting to know so many wonderful people and serving Christ with them.  I also look forward to helping people in our church and community.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:37-40


What is your favorite book or movie?

I like action movies in general. Avengers and Lord of the Rings are my all-time favorites. As for books, I like "Chronicles of Narnia," "The Percy Jackson" series, "The Heroes of Olympus" series and "The Purpose Driven Life."


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love playing sports and video games. I also enjoy playing my guitar, playing with my kids and watching Netflix.


Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

I really enjoy camping at Pentwater Church Camp.


What type of music do you like?

I like Classic Rock, Christian Rock, and Praise and Worship music. Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Reliant K, Newsboys, Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, the Eagles, Billy Joel and Bryan Adams are some of my favorite singers and groups.

Do you have any hobbies?

I like woodworking and trying to fix broken things.


What is your favorite thing about St. Joe First UMC?

There are so many things I like! The people are so friendly. The Sunday message makes the Word of God real and relevant and there are so many wonderful ministries for people of all ages to learn about God and to connect with other believers.


Tell us about your family.

I am married to my beautiful wife, Kris. We have 4 children. Three of them are now in their twenties, and we have one in elementary school.  The one in elementary school enjoys swimming, playing soccer, watching youtube videos, and playing video games.  I also have one daughter living in Colorado.  My other daughter has graduated college and works as an Engineer in St. Joe.  She and her husband worship with us at St. Joe First UMC.  My oldest son works as a Machinist at Harbor Graphics and enjoys playing basketball, card games, board games,and video games.  In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, and softball.  I also enjoy working out, playing my guitar, playing card games, board games, and video games with family and friends.


Share one random fact about yourself.

I know all about suffering - I've been a Detroit Lions fan my whole life! 

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