Rev. Dr. Daren Flinck has been part of the Worthington First and Emmanuel United Methodist Church since July of 2013.  Previously, Pastor Daren has served the congregations of St. Croix Valley Church for 5 years (2008-2013), Fergus Falls (Grace UMC) for 8 years [2000-2008], Vernon Center/Amboy UMC for 7 years [1993-2000], and the Tri-County Parish (Norcross/Tenney/Pepperton UMC’s) for 3 years [1990-1993].  Pastor Daren has a Master of Divinity degree (United Theological Seminary – New Brighton, MN in 1994) and a Doctorate of Ministry degree (Drew University – Madison, NJ in 2004).  He also received his bachelor’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 1990.  He has completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Avera in Sioux Falls.  His 12 years of business management experience prior to entering the ministry has helped him a great deal in applying Scripture to real life situations.

Pastor Daren is a lifelong Minnesotan, growing up near Coleraine, Minnesota.  He has always been a United Methodist Christian.  Married since 1974 to his wife Nancy, they have three grown children and eight grandsons and one step-granddaughter.  He enjoys playing his trombone, loves to sing in the choir, and playing drums for the praise band.  He’ll take an opportunity here and there to play a round of golf or two when he gets the chance.  In truth, he loves to be around his children and his grandchildren.

His StrengthsFinders top five categories of his strengths really tell the story of his passion for sharing the word of God: Pastor Daren is a DEVELOPER, has a great deal of EMPATHY, possesses great BELIEF, demonstrates RESPONSIBILITY, and enjoys being an ARRANGER.  Stop by his office anytime and ask him about what these strengths mean for his leadership and vision for SCVUMC.

You can access Pastor Daren’s blog here or hook up with his Facebook account.  He’s always happy to hear from you!