Tuesday, October 11, 2005
My name is Darren Beachy. I was born in Washington, Iowa and lived in Kalona, Iowa for the first 5 years of my life. Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River. From 1970 until 1985 I lived in Clarion, Iowa.
I went to school until the 8th grade and then worked for my dad full time in his auto repair shop. At 19 years of age I joined the US Navy and got married to Dede Dake. We spent 5 years in San Diego, CA. Upon my honorable discharge from the US Navy we moved to Fond du Lac, WI. I currently live in Huntingtown, MD.
I have been a Pastor for 10 years. Many have asked me about my calling to the ministry, how did it happen? what event changed your path? etc. I wish I could say what it was specifically but I cannot. I can tell you that God was working on me for a long time, and He is still working!
We moved to Searcy, AR. where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Harding University. I am currently attending Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. completing a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. I am a volunteer hospital chaplain, an active volunteer at the local homeless shelter, and I sit on the Board of Directors at the local pro-life organization.
I am interested in my Amish family roots. I am intrigued by the simplicity of life of the Amish and of the Mennonites. Living in the metro DC area I can appreciate the less hectic life of the Amish.
I like to read, not for pleasure, but for knowledge. I jog most mornings and I like to play racquetball. I have 3 daughters, one dog, and a cat.
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