First EPC

Worship ~ Sow ~ Grow ~ Serve

Jerry Van Auken

Jerry Van Auken is the Senior Pastor at First EPC.  He has been here on staff since January 2005.

He went to college at Erie Community College and Mount St. Joseph.  He has a Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.  Jerry grew up in New York, but has lived in Indianapolis as well as Richmond, Virginia and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jerry and his wife, Robin, have been married for more than 25 years and have 3 sons.  Their oldest, Aaron is currently working at Mississippi State University.  Their two younger sons, Andrew and Joel, are both students at Purdue University.

Jerry’s “job” at First EPC includes shepherding the congregation and leading the staff.  His passions and gifts are Teaching and Administration and discipling people to be followers of Christ.

He has also traveled outside of the country many times…Mexico, Europe, Philippines, Nepal and Israel.  Ask him some time about getting kicked out of the Vatican!

Jerry’s favorite passage in the Bible is Romans 8:38-39.


Here are more of his favorites:

Music: Christian

Food: Chocolate, burgers, fries, Chinese

Drink: Spiced Chai

Candy: Chocolate

Snack: Chocolate Almonds

Sports Team: Colts

Restaurant: Cheesecake Factory


You can email Jerry at or call the church office Monday-Thursday between 8am and 4pm at (765)457-8201