New Regional Center Chaplains
PLNU recently welcomed two new graduate site chaplains to our Mission Valley and Bakersfield campuses.
In Mission Valley, Rev. Nancy Pitts began her work as graduate site chaplain this week.
Pitts is an ordained Nazarene minister who has served as a counselor, teacher, congregational care pastor, and most recently a missionary in Kenya. Her compassion for graduate students comes out of her own experience finishing her master's in marriage and family therapy while working full-time for Alaska Airlines and trying to balance family life with four of her five children still at home.
Rev. Daren Pitcher recently joined the staff as graduate site chaplain at the Bakersfield regional center.
Pitcher grew-up in Pismo Beach and graduated from PLNU in 1988. Daren served in youth ministry for over 13 years before planting Rancho Hills Community Church in Rancho San Diego. He is currently in his seventh year as lead pastor of Ridgeview Community Church in Bakersfield. Throughout his ministry career, Daren has been actively involved on school campuses. Daren obtained his teaching credential through Azusa Pacific University and taught at the middle school level at East L.A. Light & Life Middle School in Boyle Heights. Daren also worked in the after-school, grant-funded program through the Chula Vista School District. He has over 15 years of high school & club volleyball coaching experience and four years of high school golf coaching experience. He currently coaches volleyball at Independence High School and golf at Bakersfield Christian High School. Daren’s wife, Amy, is the girls’ dean at Bakersfield Christian High School. Daren and Amy have two sons, Dawson, 12, and Noah, 10.
To learn more about our regional centers and the graduate program offered at each, please visit the Regional Centers main page.