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Chad Magnuson

My story with Jesus and the church

One of God’s greatest gifts to me was a set of parents who loved the Lord and served his Church. Growing up in a pastor’s family presented a mixed bag of experiences, where I witnessed both the powerful work of the Holy Spirit and the darker parts of human nature. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved Jesus. In my undergraduate Bible and seminary programs, however, my faith took on a strong cognitive flavor, which was only amplified by doctoral studies in psychology. I wouldn’t say that my heart was hard to the Lord; I think it was more ‘numb’ due to years of feeding my mind more than my heart and working long hours to provide financial security for my growing family.

In 2014, my body finally said ‘enough.’ A series of health crises forced me to slow down, and I found rest in the ancient prayer practices of the Church. Then, during one period of solitude and silence the following year, I sensed a call from the Lord to pursue pastoral ministry. During the next three years of prayerful discernment, the Lord confirmed this call through various visions, dreams, and prophetic words. My heart was coming alive in Jesus and preparing for the end of a very sweet chapter in my life. In 2019, after 9 years of teaching psychology at a Christian university, I–along with my wife Kirstin and three kids–accepted the call to prepare for pastoral ministry through a church planting residency at Church of the Resurrection.

How I serve at Resurrection

Currently, I partner with Fr. Brett Crull to pastor the college students at Resurrection. In addition, to train for church planting, I serve on various ministry teams and participate in Gregory House, the ministry formation school at Resurrection.

At Resurrection, we have fallen in love in a deeper way with Jesus’s Church. We’re excited to plant a revival of Word and Sacrament infused by the power of the Holy Spirit and extend the loving, healing arms of Jesus to the lost and the least.