The oldest Protestant church on Saipan has three new pastors after Saipan Community Church welcomed this past year lead pastor Jason Warren, pastor of leadership development Phil Warren, and pastor of community outreach Robbie Myers.
A native of Granite City, Illinois, Jason arrived on island with his wife Annie and 4-year-old daughter Emilia in July 2012.
He taught fourth grade at Saipan Community School in his first year on the island before succeeding Greg Dickerson as lead pastor in July this year.
Before coming to the CNMI, the 34-year-old Jason was pastor for First Christian Church of Herrick, Illinois.
He has also traveled the world extensively, doing missionary work in India, Rwanda, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to settling on Saipan last year, Jason already visited the island and the Saipan Community Church in June 2011. Aside from Emilia, Warren and Annie also have a son, Titus, who’s about to turn a year old.
Phil Warren, Jason’s uncle, came to Saipan just a couple of months ago. He also hails from Granite City.
Phil came with his wife, Cindy, and two of their sons. Four of their children remain stateside.
The 58-year-old was living the American dream having a high-paying job at McDonnell Douglas when he left the aviation industry for full-time ministry in 1985.
The older Warren has been in ministry the past 30 years and has served as pastor 27 years.
He said he and wife were supposed to go to China, but a more urgent calling on Saipan to help his nephew made them decide to go to the Pacific instead.
Myers, meanwhile, arrived on island in July 2013 and his stint at Saipan Community Church marks his first foray into full-time ministry work.
Prior to coming to Saipan, he has worked exclusively in the public service sector and served as county commissioner, college vice president, and emergency management director in the U.S. mainland.
The three new pastors of Saipan Community Church said big things are coming to the Susupe church and encouraged the local community to attend their services at 10am and 5pm on Sundays. The church’s Filipino pastor, Roger Abe, is currently in the Philippines.
Saipan Community Church, which was founded in 1947 by Rev. Ed Stephens, is also undergoing some renovations. Its ministry center is in the midst of a $15,000 facelift that will expand its youth and children’s ministry facilities.