Jeff Lathrop is the pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church of Grand Forks. He also serves as the Conference Coordinator on Youth Ministry for the Dakotas United Methodist Church. He has 20 years of experience in church ministry, both as a youth pastor and pastor.
Jeff considers himself a byproduct of the Dakotas Conference. Pastor Jeff grew up in Aberdeen, SD and was very active within his local church. As a youth he was a member of both the District and Conference Councils on Youth Ministry, which he now oversees. Jeff attributes his call to ministry to the opportunities he was given at First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen, the Dakotas Camping Program, service on CCYM, and the local Boys and Girls Club.
During Pastor Jeff’s time in ministry, he has found that he enjoys teaching, preaching, and counseling both those within the local church he serves and the community.
He graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary with his Masters of Divinity on May 13th of 2017, has a certification in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and graduated from Jamestown College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy.
He has been happily married to Holly, who is a special education teacher within the Grand Forks School District, since 2007 and they are both proud parents of their children: Noah and Izaiah.
I have been the organist and choir director as Wesley for over 10 years. I direct the bell choirs and Sanctuary Choir, as well as providing accompaniment during worship and organizing special music. I have a BA from Jamestown College with a triple in K-12 Music Education, Band, and Choir, Piano Performance, and Vocal Performance. My husband Erik and I have been married for 15 years and have two daughters. We love to camp and travel in the summer.
I have been a member at Wesley since 1996 (seems like only yesterday). I currently serve as the choir accompanist, and occasionally fill in for Marge (choir director and organist extraordinaire!) when she needs a Sunday off during the summer months. I am a mom of three VERY active church kids---James, Patrick, and Susan--all three have been involved in handbells and Youth group.