Dan Leman shares his call to ministry

Elyse Nicholson
New to congregation: Dan Leman began his duties Sunday as pastor of Metamora's Faith Evangelical Free Church. He is pictured here with his wife, Jen, and children Ange, Kit and Tally.

METAMORA — Metamora native Dan Leman’s path has been one from engineer to pastor.

Leman recently graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, receiving his master’s of divinity May 21.

The former environmental consultant is now a certified pastor and moving back to his hometown to begin ministry work as a pastor.

“I want to see lives change,” said Leman of his new career. “The transforming power of the gospel affects every part of life and I can’t wait to see that happen.”

Leman originally started life in the workforce as an environmental consultant for Trinity Consultants, but after a call to ministry he went back to school to become a pastor.

He first felt the call to preach during his college years at Iowa State University with his wife of nine years, Jen (Cline) Leman. It was at Iowa State Leman said he discovered his gift and passion for Biblical teaching and his ability to help people understand the gospel.

After this discovery, the couple attended a mission trip to Uganda as a part of a Christian College group called Navigators. After the trip, the Leman’s said they felt God was calling them to the regular workforce for a few years.

After spending two years as a junior high ministry leader, Leman said he felt God was finally saying “OK” and called him to the ministry. After that call, he returned to college to start his life of ministry.

As his graduation date neared, Leman began looking for a church to preach at weekly. During his search, he developed a criteria of the type of church he was looking for.

“It had to be an Evangelical Free church, rural, solo or head pastor, Midwest, and similar to our hometown,” Leman said.

“The church also had to be right in its attitude and had to feel right or it would not work, even if it did meet his original criteria.”  

The Leman’s had previous experience living in suburbs and cities, and decided that what they needed was small church, like the ones they grew up in; they felt called to it. He also wanted something that could give him the experience in day-to-day preaching.

After some searching, he landed upon the website for Faith Evangelical Free Church in Metamora. The church was on a pastoral search.

After visiting and preaching at the church for three Sundays, the decision was made for Leman to preach full-time at the small church.

The Leman couple is originally from Metamora. Their parents are Doug and Gloria Leman of Germantown Hills, and Mike and Nancy Cline of Metamora.

The two were high school sweethearts in the class of 1999 at Metamora High School, who married two years after graduation.

They were in many classes together and enjoyed participating in choir and drama events as high school students.

They now enjoy spending time with their three daughters, Kit, 5, Tally, 3, and Ange, 1.

Leman said he is looking forward to his new employment and opportunity.

“I’m excited to be at Faith Evangelical Free,” said Leman.

“The people are wonderful. They constantly surprise me with their goodness. I am looking forward to seeing what God has planned for this body.”

Leman began his job as a new pastor  Sunday.

The church is located on 1337 Lourdes Road in Metamora. For more information about Faith Evangelical Free Church,  call 383-4985.