I am Titus Varney, follower of Jesus Christ, husband, father, grocery store worker, aspiring writer, theology nerd, and consistent coffee drinker.
B.A. Biblical Studies from The Master’s University (2019)
M.A. Biblical Studies from The Master’s University (2022)
Who Am I?
My name is Titus Varney, I am married to Yazmin and we have a young boy and girl.
I have been a Christian since I was six years old when, through the gospel given by my mother, the Lord brought me to an understanding that I was sinful and depraved and by His grace and mercy, He saved me. Since my salvation, I have had the immense blessing of consistent service in the local church. I have done basically every physical aspect of service from setups, tear downs, cooking, cleaning, and all aspects of children’s ministry including AWANA. At twenty-years old, I was in a Romans class and received my first opportunity to teach on Romans 1 which led to teaching college kids at my church. Through this initial opportunity, the youth pastor at the time asked me to preach to the high school and this is where my time as a teacher and preacher began.
Since then I have been involved in years of pastoral ministry; serving as a High School leader, small-group leader, preacher at all age levels, AWANA Commander, missions work, and counseling. The opportunities that I have received are unique for someone of my age and it would have been impossible without the Lord strengthening and helping me. To Him belongs all the glory and praise, my longing and goal is to be a servant in the hands of my Almighty and Wonderful Lord.
I have a wide variety of interests, when I actually have time for hobbies and what-not. I played baseball from “Farm B (Seven years old)” in Little League through a year in college at San Diego Christian and have followed the Padres since birth. My earliest recollection of the Padres was watching Tony Gwynn hit a grand slam in the ’98 World Series. I enjoy reading, playing video games, playing sports, and baking, to name a few.
My favorite book is “The Supremacy of God in Preaching” by John Piper, my favorite text of Scripture is Romans 3:21-26, and my favorite book is the Gospel of Mark.
I am Danny Hackett, follower of Jesus Christ, husband, father, Youth Director, and bonafide coffee drinker
M.A. in Christian Ministries
Who Am I?
My name is Danny Hackett, and I am married with two kids. My wife’s name is Abigail, we’ve been married for nearly 23 years, and we have been serving in the youth ministry for over 16 years. My children are grown and I am grateful to the Lord for not only the blessing they are as my children but much more for the salvation He gave them. I have served Middle School through High School as the Youth Ministry Director for the past six years, and there is no end to the blessing as a result. I have had many opportunities for teaching and preaching, but my primary passion has always been for the Youth Ministry. Just because the pulpit is not aimed at adults does not diminish its importance. In fact, it should be esteemed even more. Matthew 19:14 – but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
I was raised Lutheran (Missouri Synod) but was not saved until my late teens. During my teens, I saw how depraved I really was and how there was no way I could ever achieve salvation on my own. I knew that all my sin was against the Holy God and that only by the name of Jesus could anyone be saved. He had mercy on me and saved me, and for that, I praise and proclaim Him evermore. After my salvation, I began to serve the Lord in any capacity that I could but I did not receive my calling to preach until 2013, when I began to see how the world had infiltrated the “church.” After taking some fantastic seminary classes and diving into the Hebrew and Greek, 2014 came, and the Lord increased the urgency of my calling to preach and teach. I was in a different job, but I longed for the opportunity to preach consistently. The Senior Pastor and I discussed how I should leave in a manner that would glorify God. The Lord acted on my behalf, and I walked into my boss’s office and told him that I had been called into ministry and that the job I was in was not right for me. I informed him that I would stay on until a replacement was found and that I would continue to work for him. He looked at me as he said this, “I passed up a ministry position to take this one; I know what you are going through. You should take the job.” I was floored because I had no idea that he had pursued ministry as well. I will always be grateful for the wisdom I received that day. I have since graduated with my Master’s in Christian Ministries and am very close to my M.Div. I was asked shortly thereafter by my church to come on as the volunteer Youth Director which eventually led to a full-time staff position. I served on staff for 4 ½ years before being laid off due to COVID-19, but I continue to serve as the Youth Director
In addition to leading in the Youth Ministry, I am also a deacon. I have been the facilities manager of the church, served in AWANA as the Co-Commander, currently serve on the missions committee, have been involved in all manner of pastoral ministry, including counseling, discipling, for all age groups, and essentially every aspect and opportunity that the Lord has graciously granted. However, I boast not in these but in the fact that all these opportunities we made possible by Christ, and I served that all involved know Christ and Him crucified. The Lord was immeasurably gracious to me, and it is my joy and honor to serve Him and His precious Bride.
I developed a passion for traveling because of my time in the U.S. Navy. I like to rock climb with my son, and I love backpacking. My wife and I have developed a love for local hikes together where we can have lunch. I do love football but have an equal passion for Water Polo.
My favorite books are “Gentle and Lowly at Heart” and “Growing in Holiness.” I love the Gospel of John, and my favorite passage is John 13:1-5, especially verse 4. If I had to pick one verse that I am amazed at and that I tremble at, it is 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Every time I hear this verse, include it in a sermon or read it, I take a step back am marvel at the Wonders of God.
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