Dan Colthorp
Senior Pastor

What do you love about your new 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. She and I have 4 children. Two of them are in college and two still at home.  The two at college are involved in intramural sports, Crew, His House, and church when they are away at college.  When they are home they attend our church worship services, play on the church softball team, and are a part of our Wednesday evening Young Adult Group and the Monday Night College Group.  The two at home attend worship each week, Kids' Worship, Sunday School, FLAME Youth Group, teen small group Bible studies, VBS, cross country, tennis, track, NHS, Key Club, Interact Club, and gymnastics. To be honest, they keep us on our toes and hopping every minute of the day!


Share one random fact about yourself.

I have 5 sisters, no brothers. I think that speaks for itself!