Rev. Jared Hartman
Church Staff - Associate Pastor of Youth & Outreach
Pastor Hartman was born, and baptized into Christ’s Church at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1976. His formative years were spent learning the music of the Church and the world, Camping, Hiking, working in the restaurant industry and performing in musical theatre. In 1997, he received his undergraduate degree from The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. Since then, Pastor Hartman has worked as a chef in several states in the U.S., plus has taught cooking school in Mexico, and served as the chef of an exclusive jungle tarpon fishing lodge in Costa Rica. He also served a four-year enlistment in the active duty component of the U.S. Army as a Signal Support Systems Specialist, where he graduated from his Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, completed Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army Signal School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and completed the balance of his enlistment at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, and Fort Riley, Kansas.
He attended Concordia Theological Seminary, in Fort Wayne Indiana. He served a summer vicarage at a Lutheran Camp in Canada, and served his full-year vicarage at Hope Lutheran Church, Shorewood, Illinois. He graduated and was called to serve God’s flock at Grace Lutheran Church and School as Associate Pastor of Youth and Outreach in May of 2013.
Pastor Hartman enjoys reading God’s Holy Word, cooking, playing piano, singing, creative writing, spending time with the youth at Grace, and visiting Florida tourist attractions with his family.
Pastor Hartman is married to Kelly Hartman (née Sons) of Indianapolis. They were joined in Holy Matrimony in June of 2011. They are blessed with one daughter, Abigail, born and baptized in 2013. The Hartman Family also enjoys their dog, Chloe. They reside in St. Petersburg.
Pastor Hartman’s favorite Bible verse is, “And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD.” Ezekiel 36:1 , (ESV)