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Anthony Vartuli

I started my pastoral vocation at the age of twenty-three and have been faithful to that call for thirty years. Along the way I received a few degrees. Other than my BA from Beloit College I also received a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Master of Biblical Counseling degree from Colorado Christian University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree (emphasis in Spiritual Formation) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Finally, I am an ordained Chaplain in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

I was always pastoring in some form or fashion while attaining these degrees. I started out as an assistant pastor in a small church in Stamford Connecticut called Evangelical Community Church. While in Seminary I was an English pastor, working mainly with teenagers at a Korean American church called Korean Presbyterian Church of Dallas. I served as a Graduate Assistant when I was getting my counseling degree and worked side by side with Larry Crabb and Dan Allender, offering spiritual direction to first-year students. Afterwards, I spent two years on the east coast working as a private practice counselor as well as working at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City on their counseling staff.

I came back to Colorado in 1998 and worked two years as a single’s pastor at Arvada Covenant Church. My next stint was at a church in Greenwood Village Colorado called Greenwood Community Church where I served as Pastor of Adult Ministry for nine years.

My final stint was a small house church which emerged from meeting with a handful of dear godly folks in my basement for a simple service. It was a very rich experience. We stayed together for three and a half years.

For the past five years I have worked as a spiritual director for Dr. Larry Crabb’s School of Spiritual Direction. What an incredible honor!

I look back on my pastoral experience with a deep sense of gratitude. Being part of Paraclete Mission Group feels like an extension of my pastoral work in so many ways. I long to walk alongside Christians, helping them discover the direction of the Holy Spirit and his life that dwells within.

My wife, Diane, has been the richest blessing of my life. She reveals Christ to me like no one else. We have traveled this ministry journey together since we married in 1993. I am also deeply blessed to have three children: Michael (born in 1996), Giovanna (born in 1998), and Julia (born in 2001). They teach me so much and have all played a part in shaping the man that I am, the man that I am still becoming. Thank you, Lord Jesus.