At an age where most ministers are considering retirement, Daniel H. Jordan is serving as pastor at the United Methodist Church of Williamsburg, 431 W. Second St., Williamsburg, and Cove Forge United Methodist Church, 2788 Covedale Road, Williamsburg.
Sunday school is held at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. at Williamsburg and worship is at 9 a.m. and Sunday school at 10:15 a.m. at Cove Forge United Methodist Church.
More information about the church is available on its Williamsburg United Methodist Church Facebook page.
(Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec) Daniel Jordan is pastor of the United Methodist Church of Williamsburg and Cove Forge United Methodist churches.
Jordan took a cabinet making course at Theodius Steven Trade School, Lancaster, in 1966 and used his skills to serve in the craft program at Red Bird Mission, Beverly, Ky., in 1979 and 1980. It was there that he met his wife, Vicki Ann, who also is a minister.
She serves pulpits in Trans Run and Wolfsburg United Methodist churches in Bedford.
"Because of the distance between our charges, we live in separate parsonages," he said.
Name: Daniel H. Jordan
Family: Wife, Vicki Ann; son, Drew, of Delaware City, Del.; daughter, Anna Beth, of Washington, D.C.; and dog, Oliver.
Hometown: Atkinson Mills (McVeytown)
Education: Associate's degree from Mansfield University and studied at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Pulpits served: L'Anse United Methodist Church, L'Anse, Mich.; York Haven and Pleasant Grove United Methodist churches, 1982-87; Blackwell, Morris and Mount Pleasant United Methodist churches in Tioga County, 1987-96; Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, 1996-2002; Donnelly Mills, Millerstown, and Pfoutz Valley United Methodist churches, Perry County; The United New Albany United Methodist and New Albany American Baptist congregations and Monroeton United Methodist Church 2005-2009.
Number of years in ministry: 27
She visits him early in the week and he goes to Bedford Thursday or Friday night so they can go out to dinner or catch a movie.
" We are both called into the ministry, and God is helping us make it work," he said. "Her churches really like her and are responding to her style of ministry."
The Mirror asked Jordan the following questions about his work:
What inspired you to become a spiritual leader?
It is something I felt as a young boy growing up on our family farm in Atkinson Mills. Catherine Whitsel, one of my Sunday school teachers, always felt that God had his hand on me.
[During my childhood], I fell through the hay hole in our barn onto a concrete floor and had a fractured skull. I was knocked out and Mother carried me about one-half mile to our nearest neighbors, who took me by car to Miss Whitsel's place. Catherine was a registered nurse, and she called the hospital to tell them I was coming.
I always knew that God had something for me to do - I just had a hard time submitting to God's will and doing what God wanted me to do and not what I wanted to do.
What is your biggest blessing?
I guess I would have to say life. God has been so good to me. Vicki has been a special blessing, we've been married for 31 years. Our children have given us so much pleasure, watching them mature and become their own persons. Of course, the churches I have had the opportunity to serve have given our family great pleasure.
What are your gifts?
God has blessed me with the gift to see things as they could be and ideas of how we can get there. I am not content to accept things the way they are. I also believe God has given me insights into the Scriptures and how to apply them to today's lifestyle.
What do you like most about your job?
It is an opportunity to bring about change and be involved with people. God is always bringing exciting people into my life and opening doors for new experiences.
What are your interests?
I enjoy cooking for large groups, baking pies and making bread the way my mother did (about 16 loaves at a time) and sharing it. I enjoy going to auctions and flea markets and second-hand stores.
In connection with my ministry, I get great pleasure out of building special worship displays which make the Scriptures become more alive for the congregation.
I also enjoy antiques, history and music