Rev. DJ del Rosario, MDiv ’04, (he/him) is a husband, father, pastor, photographer, and author. He met his best friend and wife, Elaine, in seminary. They have three amazing daughters who are the source of their joy.
Del Rosario serves as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He went to the University of Washington (Go Huskies!) for his undergraduate education and because they have the best sports teams in the world. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity. He has served as an associate pastor in suburbia, as a solo pastor in rural America, and as the lead pastor of Bothell United Methodist Church. Bothell UMC grew to become one of the largest United Methodist Churches in attendance in the Greater Northwest Episcopal area. Del Rosario now serves as lead pastor of Federal Way United Methodist Church in Federal Way, Washington.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the General Commission on Status and Role of Women (GCOSRW), the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry (NHLPA), the Board of Directors for Seattle Against Slavery (SeattleAgainstSlavery.org), and on the Board of Directors for UMCLead (umclead.com). He currently serves as the chair of Provisional Member for Pacific Northwest Annual Conference through the Board of Ordained Ministry, on leadership for UMCNext, and on the Alumni Association Executive Council for Princeton Theological Seminary.
Del Rosario is the author of the book Wind in the Wilderness. This Lenten study provides a seven-session Bible study that calls our attention to the issues of justice in today’s world. His book explores the continuity between prophetic emphasis and Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God. Designed to be used by individuals and small groups during the season of Lent, each chapter includes questions for reflection or discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week.
He served on the Advisory Team for the United Methodist Confirmation curriculum. Del Rosario has contributed to spiritual disciplines books such as Disciplines and Upper Room Devotional, and to various blogs. He has contributed to video discussions of James A. Harnish’s book, Make a Difference: Following Your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve. He has also been a regular contributor to The Abingdon Preaching Annual: Planning Sermons and Services for Fifty-Two Sundays (editions 2012-2019). In addition, del Rosario was a writer and presenter for Disciple Fast Track 2. Del Rosario has spoken, led, and preached at multiple events at conference, jurisdictional, and General Conference levels.
He loves a great cup of coffee, snapping photos, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with his family.