Jason Vanderlaan graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.A. in Theology. Since then he has explored a variety of ministry opportunities, including being an academy dean, hospital chaplain, and assistant pastor. Most recently, he has served as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at REACH Philadelphia SDA Church and as the Business Manager and Communications Coordinator of REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School.

What leads you to be a coach?
I think there is something incredibly profound and sacred about listening to and guiding someone through the process of exploring their own thoughts and feelings, both past and present. Joining someone on their journey and sharing in it with them is a privilege and a very meaningful experience.

What do you like best about it? 
What I enjoy the most is being able to see people make their own connections and realizations about themselves, their world, and their God, which bring them into a place of freedom and peace.

How do you recharge on your day off?
I’m refreshed backpacking or canoeing, as well as taking time to read a good book or do some creative writing.

What are your three favorite things?
Tacos, live music, and my fiancé, Natanya