Meet our Pastor
Rev. Jonathan Arnpriester
Getting to know the pastor of a church is a rather large challenge. One idea is to prepare something of a biography that can be shared. Even that, though, presents some challenges.
What life events should be included? Skills and gifts or struggles? Accomplishments or failings?
Should we tell you Rev. Arnpriester was an Eagle Scout, member of the Order of the Arrow, learned how to sail on the Mississippi River, and was certified in CPR and as a Lifeguard through both the Boy Scouts and the Red Cross? Or should we tell you that every summer as a boy he seemed to break, bang, scrape or seriously cut something, often his head, by testing the limits of gravity?
Should we tell you Rev. Arnpriester grew up in small towns of rural Iowa and worked jobs walking beans, bucking hay bales, delivering newspapers and stocking shelves at a pharmacy? Or should we tell you he was on a Little League Baseball team that did not win one game?
Should we tell you Rev. Arnpriester is quite adept at pastoral care through loss, recovery and grief support? Or should we tell you he does not take bad medical news well and has been known to cuss in emergency rooms and hospice hallways?
Should we tell you Rev. Arnpriester has been married to Sue for 32 years and they have four grown kids? Or should we tell you as a pastor’s son he knows firsthand the stress placed on the pastor’s family amid fishbowl expectations?
Perhaps we should tell you Rev. Arnpriester is a fan of the Arizona Wildcat Football team, mostly because unlike other college teams, it is a low stress event. There is no wondering if it will be a winning season. There is no worry about bowl games. Also the marching band plays music by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
We should tell you he is very clear where the focus of the church needs to be and thus, he is entirely uncomfortable with it being on him. He cautions strongly against worshipping the wrong J.