Pastor Jen characterizes her life as one long road trip, figuratively and literally. She was born in Denver, yet grew up throughout the U.S., as her dad’s work with "Mobile" Oil (as she called it), had them moving often. Pastor Jen returned to Denver after attending the University of South Dakota. She attended the Denver Paralegal Institute, and moved to Nebraska and western Colorado, back to Denver, and then settled in Las Vegas for 16 years, where she still has family. Pastor Jen holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and joined us July 2019 from Gila Mountain United Methodist Church in Yuma, Arizona.
She has participated in mission trips to Mexico, California, Phoenix, and eastern Montana. While in seminary, she also interned at a nursing home and participated in leading a weekly worship service at a men’s minimum-security prison.
Pastor Jen describes herself as "a people person to the core," saying she "will strike up a conversation with a friend or a stranger at the drop of a hat.” She also says, "I realized how many stories remained to be heard - stories that over time have shattered biases, increased understanding and ignited my passion for mercy and justice."
Originally from Pampanga, Philippines, Jane Diaz has been living in Las Vegas since 2006 by way of Seattle Washington. She is married to her loving husband Simon Reyes and mother to 14-year-old Christian “Rocket” Reyes. Born and raised in the Methodist faith, her mother was a UMC deaconess and father was a Methodist Minister.
Jane graduated from the University of the Philippines with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Voice. She was a member Philippine Madrigal Singers 1993-2005 as First Soprano. One of the world’s most awarded, most traveled. and highest acclaimed Choirs, the Madrigal Singers have the distinction of being the only choir to win the top choral competition in the world, The European Grand Prix twice.
Her professional experience ranges from teaching music as a piano/vocal coach, a musical theatre performer with lead roles in several musicals, a Music Specialist teaching Elementary and Middle School students in Clark County School District and being the Music Director for the multiple churches starting in her teenage years until the present where she leads the music programs at Las Vegas United Church of Christ and Grace Fil-Am Ministry at University Methodist.
While also a residential real estate agent for the last 10 years, Jane’s passion is leading choirs, praise teams, and youth in the praising and worshiping of God through Music.
J.S. Bach “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”