Archive for Thursday, October 13, 2011

Neighbor: Jan Todd

Jan Todd is a pastor at Bonner Springs United Methodist Church

Jan Todd is a pastor at Bonner Springs United Methodist Church

October 13, 2011

Jan Todd shares a little bit about herself in this week's Neighbors column.

Occupation: Pastor, Bonner Springs United Methodist Church

Place of birth: Derby

Family: Husband Mitch Todd, pastor for the First United Methodist Church West Campus; a dog, a half lab, half Australian shepherd named Charlie. He loves the off leash bark park at Shawnee Park.

Dad, Wayne; Mom, Sadie; oldest sister Jill, who died while in college from congenital heart disease; sister, Judi; brother, Jim.

Q: When did you move to Bonner Springs, and what brought you here?

A: I was appointed July 1 by the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church to serve as pastor.

Q: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

A: Going to seminary – I never “saw” myself becoming a pastor, but God kept working with me to develop my call. So – here I am – a pastor who loves to help bring out what God is calling people to do in their own lives as they let Christ live within their heart.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A: The truth will set you free - Jesus

Q: What three things would you want people to know about you?

A: I’m an eternal optimist who doesn’t avoid the reality of a situation. I am married to a pastor, and we write music together – download two free albums at reverbnation.com/janandmitchtodd. I love life – every day is a new possibility to experience God’s world, the people on earth and face the trials together.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

A: It was a toss between and archeologist and a philanthropist. I think I liked the idea of discovery and I liked words. I looked up philanthropist and it said “lover of people” – I thought – I love people! Guess that fits with my current role as pastor – Jesus loved people…and he helped dig up some things from our heart that needed to be discovered. Namely – grace!

Q: What’s your ideal vacation spot?

A: Anywhere with Mitch – we have a great time just being in a car or in an airport and heading out to explore the world together. I will say that it’s great visiting my mom and dad in Port Isabel, Texas – that’s the town closest to South Padre Island.

Favorites:

Song: Right now – “That’s What Faith Can Do” by Kutless

Color: Orange

Food: Anything ethnic – I love to try different kinds – I’m a foodie!

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