I was born and raised in Kansas and spent most of my formative years in the Kansas City area. I attended Mid America Nazarene University on a football scholarship where I met my wife Sherri. I received my Masters of Ministry degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. My former pastorates include Topeka, KS, Hooker, OK, Blythe, CA, Council Bluffs, IA, Visalia, CA and now I’m enjoying the great congregation of DFC. Sherri and I have three children, Shawna (TNU student and married to Dalton Diehl), Shayli and Shaden and reside in Highlands Ranch.
Something few people would know about me is that I love the weather, watching it, experiencing it, living it. I spend a lot of time watching the Weather Channel.
If I could vacation anywhere in the world, I would go back to New York City where Sherri and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. It was one of the most enjoyable trips of my life.
When I was little, I wanted to be either a professional football player or a meteorologist (weather man). I remember having a Stretch Armstrong – that was pretty cool.
My favorite TV show is either King of Queens or The Office and I like Man vs. Wild. My favorite movies are The Apostle and Rocky I-X. I am currently enjoying the book by Brennan Manning entitled “The Furious Longing of God.”
Don Diehl (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My ministry assignments have included Youth ministry at Olathe (KS) College Church and Denver First Church, Discipleship Pastor in Wichita (KS) and Lead Pastor in Jackson, MS and Atlanta, GA.
Diann and I have been married for 29 years and have two sons; Derek and Dalton. Derek is a Sr. High pastor in Flint, MI along with his wife Ketly and two sons; Carson and Caeden. Dalton is married to Shawna (Siegfreid) and is a Christian Music artist in the band Samestate.
Very few people would know that I love adventure sports and want to skydive. I also hope to get an ATV to ride in the mountains some day. I make my own pizza from scratch--It has been a Monday Night Football family tradition since our boys were young.
If I could vacation anywhere in the world I would go to Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. We saved to take the family there years ago as a celebration after Diann’s last cancer treatments. Hiking 30 minutes off the main roads to get to hidden beaches with huge waves was so much fun for our family. We must do it again!
When I was little, I had a picture of a beautiful Black Stallion in a favorite book when I was in elementary school. I wanted to run a ranch in Montana with horses and cattle. I guess it’s because I love riding horses.
My bike was my favorite “toy” when I was a kid, because it gave me freedom to explore the town and my pump-action BB gun. Need I say more?
I love the Bourne movies. I also love the football movies: Rudy and Remember the Titans are some of my favorites. I like to read all of the John Eldredge books. Wild at Heart and Waking the Dead have been very impactful in my life. My favorite current TV shows include: Football of any kind, The Office, Criminal Minds and The Unit.
Tami Slipher (email@example.com)
Assistant to Pastor Shawn/Special Events Coordinator
I am grateful for my heritage of parents and grandparents that were Nazarene Pastors and Charter Members of Nazarene Churches. They lived a sold out life of faith and had a passion to reach others for Jesus. Though having a faith in Jesus and a relationship with Him, it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I got serious about having a transformed life in Christ. Now I count it a privilege to use my vocational and volunteer experience, strengths, gifts and talents to serve the Lord and the church in ministry.
Few people would know that my family is Cherokee Indian. I’ve lived in 7 states; visited 40 states and 9 countries. I love to travel.
If we could vacation anywhere, it would be Hawaii. We just love vacationing in Hawaii and the Island Lifestyle: laid back, ocean waves, papayas, seashells, sand in your toes. And course a cup of Kona!
When I was 5yrs old, I declared I was going to be a Go-Go Dancer and a Missionary. I think my grandma about fell over.
When Christmastime came around, my little brother and I would always gift wrap an empty box and cut a slit in the top and called it the Jesus Box. It was a gift to God. Everyone that came to my house got hit up to have an opportunity to put money in the Jesus Box. Then at the Christmas Service, my brother & I would give this money to God as our way of saying thank you for Jesus. This was always more fun and exciting then our Christmas toys.
At this time in my life, I’m not a TV or movie watcher, but when I can I try to read a book or two. Currently reading RADICAL: Taking back your faith from the American Dream by David Platt. Music and concerts are more my thing…and I love an eclectic mixture.
Kris Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was born and raised in the Denver area, attended Northwest Nazarene University. I am married and have 3 boys.
Few people know that I have traveled to all but eight states, before I graduated from high school, with a variety of DFC groups, TACT, Puppets etc. Since then I have only visited 4 states.
I would love to go to Europe there is so much history, great food, shopping, lots to discover and explore.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Bus Driver when I grew up.
My favorite toy was an antique doll that belonged to my mother. This doll was the size of a 2 year old and had a porcelain head and you could dress it up in real baby cloths.
My favorite TV Show is Food Network and favorite movie is Young Frankenstein. I don’t like to read much so I don’t really have a favorite book.