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After a 12-year career coaching college football, Pastor Dan Hanson sensed it was time to begin a new chapter in his life as a full-time pastor. He resigned from his role as Head Football Coach at Malone University in 2006 and accepted a supporting role at Canton Nazarene. In 2015, he was called to be the Lead Pastor. He has always maintained that to lead well you must know what it is to serve. 


Dan is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and holds two master's degrees in religion and teaching. His wife, Andee, serves as the Middle School Director at Canton Nazarene. They have two adult children, Mac and Marlee

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Bryan has been serving in music ministry for over twenty years.  He began leading the Worship Team here at Canton Nazarene in 2014. An essential part of the ministry team, Bryan primarily works to coordinate the music as well as various other aspects of our Sunday morning worship services each week.


Bryan also teaches Spanish at Perry High School.  He is a graduate of Malone University and earned a Master's Degree in Language Education from the University of Indiana. 


Bryan and his wife, Robin, have three children, Lyla, Aaron and Matthew.  

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Jimmy came to our church in December of 2017. He has spent the last 18 years ministering to youth and families and enjoys the challenges and mile markers that come with it. He has felt his call since he was a child and has been pursuing it since allowing God to lead him wherever he is needed. Jimmy holds a Bachelors in Religion from Trevecca Nazarene University and continues to pursue classes.

Jimmy grew up in Vienna, Ohio and married his high school sweetheart, Megan, and they have 3 growing children: Jude, Caden, and Kara.

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When he was in high school, Josh felt God calling him to a career of spiritual leadership and has been working to pursue it ever since.


He is presently enrolled at Northwest Nazarene University and is continuing his education in Pastoral Ministry. In Spring of 2019, Josh became the Children's Pastor here at Canton Nazarene. His gifts of creativity and teaching allow him to make a fun, goal-oriented environment for your Child's development.


When he isn't in church, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife Hannah and their dogs or experiencing the great outdoors.

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Julia is currently enrolled at Malone university and is studying Youth Ministry. She currently works with our KidzChurch team and serves as both a Small Group leader and teacher.

Julia is naturally gifted at working with kids and teenagers and uses her experiences and personal testimony to share wisdom and pour into the lives of others.


Julia is a Majorette for the Malone Marching Band and plays percussion in the Concert Band. She has a bright future in ministry ahead of her.

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Mark has years of experience working management in Christian retail. He uses his administrative skills to run the day-to-day operations in the church offices. Mark also heads up the Canton Nazarene Choir and is a part of Weekend Worship Services.

Mark's wife Lesley and their grown children are involved in the life of our church community and are essential members of a number of Serve Teams.

Outside of the church, Mark loves the little things like taking care of his home, listening to music, and spending time with his dog.

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With volunteer experience working with theaters, performing arts camps, and multiple churches, Zach is equipped to oversee all of the production teams during our weekend worship services.

When he's not working at the church, Zach likes to spend time with his small groups doing Bible studies and having deep conversations.

Zach also enjoys movies, music, and 20th century pop culture memorabilia.

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Elayna, known to many as Laynee, has been a part of the Canton Nazarene family for most of her life. Once a student in the Youth Group, Laynee now serves as a volunteer working with our teens on Wednesdays.

Laynee runs Weekend Worship Livestreams, takes photos and videos for special events, and helps run Canton Nazarene's social media accounts. As our church goes through changes and continues to grow our digital ministry, Laynee is a valuable team member.