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Daniel DeJesus
Orange Kids Specialist

What is your ministry background?
My full-time ministry journey began in 2007 as a Kids Pastor and continued until April of 2019. During those 12 amazing years, I served at two suburban churches in North Dallas and received my Masters in Ministerial Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012. These days I serve as the Director of Programs for an urban, non-profit mentoring ministry in East Dallas that serves the fatherless while also supporting the Orange family. It’s so fun for me to now be a kids ministry volunteer at my church for the first time in over a decade and champion my church from a different seat at the table.

 

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?
Creating a Lead Small Culture by Reggie Joiner, Kristen Ivy & Elle Campbell, 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.

 

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.