Darren Lander - Senior Pastor
Brought up in a Christian family, Darren responded early in life to a presentation of the gospel by placing his confidence in what Jesus had done to save him. As an older teenager, God developed in him both a conviction for his sinful tendencies and a strong hope in God’s redeeming plan for his future.
Darren attended a Bible college in the suburbs of Philadelphia where he also received a MS in Christian Counseling. He taught for ten years at a private school in the area before heading to the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College. After graduating he served a one year internship at Sovereign Grace Church where he became a full-time pastor in 2007. Since that time, he has served our church as the pastor for preaching, overseeing community groups, and providing direction for the leadership team.
Darren and his wife Christine live in Olmsted Falls with their four children- Zachary, Zoe, Josiah, and Jace. In his free time, he enjoys evenings at home with his family, tinkering at his latest woodworking project, relaxing with his friends from Middle Earth, steering clear of Starbucks if at all possible, and Car Talk on NPR.