Originally Published: October 17, 2015 6:02 a.m.
"Even though there are only five people in our family, I always tell my kids that we have six chairs at our dinner table for a reason," says Jason Drumm, the new associate pastor for Canyon Bible Church of Prescott. "We want to have people over, and share our lives; build relationships."
Since moving to Prescott in early September, that extra chair has already seen a lot of use as young people in the area have been welcomed into their home. The non-denominational church, which opened in February of this year, hired Drumm to wear many hats, including pastor over the Student Ministry, the College/Career Ministry, and both the Men's and Women's ministries.
When the Drumm family arrived in Prescott, there was already a familiar face waiting to welcome them. While attending seminary in California, Drumm was pastoral assistant alongside Andrew Gutierrez at Grace Community Church. Gutierrez is now the senior pastor at Canyon-Prescott, which meets at 9 a.m. Sundays at Miller Valley School.
"It was easy to come to Prescott, because Andrew was so excited about what the Lord was doing here," Drumm said, smiling. "We'd have phone conversations about what was happening in Prescott. I was already praying for this church, but I never anticipated that I would be coming here!" He recently left a position as Associate Pastor of Student Ministries at Calvary Bible Church in Burbank.
Drumm, 36, has a strong background working with young adults. In addition to serving several years in high school ministries at two large California churches, he also directed Camp Regen for four years. Regen brings about 850 people to California for a summer Bible camp each year, hosted by noted pastor John MacArthur's church. Drumm has a gift for teaching, having earned his Master of Divinity degree in Expository Preaching from The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles. He also has a degree in Christian Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies, in Houston, where he built his skills in video and graphics as the Senior Media Producer there.
Drumm hit the ground running, starting a youth ministry within a week of arriving in September. Canyon's student ministry meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Miller Valley School, and he welcomes any mid-high or high school student in the area to attend. He encourages students to bring a Bible, notebook and pen, and to come prepared for snacks, music, games and Biblical teaching.
The teenage years can be extremely difficult, and Drumm is passionate about spending time with the students.
The Drumms host a College/Career fellowship at their home in Yavapai Hills every other Friday night. It is ideal for young adults in the 18-25 year age range. "The first Friday, we knew we had three people coming, and we prayed that five would show up," Drumm recalls. Instead, 12 people showed up and stayed until almost midnight. "There is a huge need for a group like this, with three colleges in Prescott. This is the age when they really start thinking about success and setting goals for their lives."
Drumm and his wife, Claire, have been married 12 years and have three children: Sophia, 8; Leia, 7; and Ethan, 2. They are all excited to be in the Prescott area, and are enjoying the opportunity to spend time outdoors and meet friendly people. For information about the youth and college ministries, Drumm encourages people to give him a call or to find him on Facebook or Instagram.
For more information about Canyon Bible Church of Prescott, people can visit the website at canyonprescott.org, or call the church office at 928-277-0017.