All Specialists / Daniel DeJesus
What is your ministry background?
For 12 years I served as a full-time Kids Pastor at two Orange churches in Texas and received my Masters in Ministerial Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. I also spent some time as the Director of Programs for an urban, non-profit mentoring ministry that serves the boys with no fathers in the home. In 2019, I transitioned to a full-time role with Orange. Now, for the first time in over a decade, I get to volunteer in my church’s kids’ ministry with my daughters as well as in global missions and our online campus.
What is your favorite part of being an Orange Specialist?
Encouraging, resourcing and strategizing with brand-new Kids Pastors and watching them light up when it comes to empowering this next generation of Christ-followers. I love sharing with them my own personal experience with my first Orange Specialist all those years ago and am grateful that I can pay it forward.
What are your 3 must read ministry books?
When Relationships Matter by Reggie Joiner, Kristen Ivy & Tom Shefchunas, Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week by Sue Miller, 7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner & Lane Jones
What are your top 3 pet peeves?
Hangers on door knobs, internet trolls, bad drivers (I’m one of them)
Do you have any skills that most people don’t know about?
I love black & white photography and spent most of my teen and young adult years processing film in a darkroom. This passion led me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Photography.
If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?
Sitting on a dock of a bay
Name three words that you describe you.
Forgetful, Kind, Empathetic
Name a few of your daily habits (other than a shower and brushing your teeth).
I drink multiple cups of black coffee, I dance in my car. (I once even got pulled over for it), and my daughters and I each read one poem from my favorite childhood Shel Silverstein book, “Where The Sidewalk Ends” each night before bed.
What would be your personal motto?
Be who you needed when you were younger.
If you had $100 and the day to yourself, what would you do?
Sit at a Barnes & Noble for hours with Starbucks in hand and a pile of books.