We are pleased to announce that Dan Bellinger has been hired to fill the position of Visitation Pastor following Pastor Jan’s retirement. Pastor Dan is from Michigan but has lived in Fort Wayne since 2014. He is married to Stephanie, who grew up in Fort Wayne. They met at Indiana Wesleyan and were married at First Wayne Street in 2007. Dan and Stephanie have two daughters – Mallory (7) and Emma (4) – and a miniature schnauzer, Brutus.
After he graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2009, they moved to New Carlisle, Indiana, where Dan was a Youth Pastor for five years before spending five years in Auburn, Indiana, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, working as the Family and Outreach Pastor. In the summer of 2019, Dan began working for Parkview Health as a Staff Chaplain.
From Pastor Dan: “I was called to ministry when I was in high school. May dad was a pastor, and the church world has been all I have known. I believe that as a pastor, my calling is to care for and love people, being an encouragement in their journeys as disciples. I believe that as a church we have been called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community. I can’t wait to join First Wayne Street on this mission here in Fort Wayne!”