Rev. Chastain joined us in July 2015. She moved up to the valley from Tucson, where she’d served for two years as an associate pastor. Before her move to Arizona, Janessa lived in New Jersey while earning her Masters of Divinity from Drew Theological School. During her time in seminary, she served as student body president, worked with United Methodist Women at the Church Center for the United Nations, spent a summer interning in Memphis, TN, and traveled through southern India. Janessa has a passion for community outreach, justice ministries, and creating meaningful worship experiences.
A little more about her:
What Is Your Title? Pastor
Where are you from? I was born in Boise, Idaho. I’ve lived in Salem OR, Portland OR, Madison NJ, Memphis TN, and Tucson AZ.
Who is in your family? My mom, step-dad, dad, and step-mom all live in Boise, ID. My brother lives in Brooklyn. I have two step-brothers, one step-sister, and 4 wonderful nieces and nephews. My dog, Mikey, can often be found curled up in the corner of the office during office hours.
Which Bible verses are particularly meaningful to you?
I believe that my life is always linked to the lives of everyone in my community. Jeremiah 29:7 reminds me that we find our peace in the peace and health of our brothers and sisters.
Amos 5:21-24 has always guided who I want to be as a Christian and a church leader. It reminds me not to get so caught up in the act of church that we stop serving God.
Psalm 139 reminds me that I am God-created and God-loved. We all have days where we need that reminder.
I think a powerful mission statement is the beginning of any great ministry. I don’t think there’s any better one than the words that started Christ’s ministry, found in Luke 4:14-21