Pastor Janna Born Larsen
Drawn to the ministry after working in law and business, Janna pursued an M.A. in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University and a Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Steve, parents of two adult sons, have come a long way from their Kansas roots, with stops along the way in the Seattle and Chicago areas.
God had plans for her in central Pennsylvania, and she couldn’t be happier. “It is such an exciting time to be here at First Reformed UCC,” she says. “It is a great blessing to serve as pastor for this church. My husband and I have been so warmly welcomed and I am witnessing what feels like a new birth in this faith community. I can hardly wait to see what comes next!”
Pastor Janna previously served at a Retirement Community in Illinois, as its interfaith Pastoral Ministries Manager and Chaplain. It was a large, religiously diverse group, and she encouraged people to embrace their own paths to spirituality and to use their unique gifts to enrich their communities. Under her leadership, First Reformed UCC is exploring those same goals. With Pastor Janna’s guidance, the congregation has taken meaningful steps to make the church more welcoming and to become a vital part of the faith community in the Sunbury area.