About

About

Dean Lentini

Theologian & Pastor

About

My name is Dean and I’m trying to be a REAL pastor. Well, I am a real pastor, but I’m trying to be authentic about being a pastor. So sometimes I will write encouraging posts and sometimes I might rant a little. Sometimes I will write about theology and sometimes I will write about movies and superheroes. Why? Because that’s me. That’s what I mean by REAL pastor.

Anyways…

I grew up in the Seattle area where I spent the majority of my time hiding from my sisters, playing with my Star Wars action figures (NOT DOLLS), building Legos, and reading comics. Eventually Jesus saved me and later I followed His calling into pastoral ministry. After a few years of pastoring in Southern Minnesota, my family and I moved up North to Saskatchewan to become the Head Pastor at Fairmont Baptist Church in Saskatoon.

Speaking of family, I’m married to my best friend, Heather, and we have two boys (who will also love Star Wars), Andrew and Henry. That’s my life in a nutshell, an internet shaped nutshell..If you just can’t get enough of me, check out my Tumblr for some of my design work, find me on Twitter, or read below to find out all my deepest darkest secrets.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

This is a no brainer – STAR WARS. Which one? I repeat – Star Wars. I love ALL OF THEM (Yes, I said ALL). If someone asked me at gunpoint which specific movie, I would have to say, “Sir, Why is this so important to you?” Then I would say Empire Strikes Back.

I also like Jaws, a lot.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

I love a good book. I am working on collecting my own little library (which isn’t very little anymore). So again this is a difficult question for me. Some of my favorite authors include classics like John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and C.S. Lewis. I also enjoy more contemporary authors like Tim Keller, Aubrey Malphurs, and John Macarthur. Some of my favorite books would include:

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton

The Reason for God by Tim Keller

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (btw Donald Sutherland did an audiobook of it – GREAT!)

The Joy of Calvinism by Greg Forster

Preaching & Preachers by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker

FAVORITE TV SHOW?

I am really enjoying Better Call Saul and Fargo. I can’t miss a single episode of Survivor. I try to keep up with the Flash (see what I did there?). I also like a few of Netflix and Amazon original shows like the fantastic Stranger Things, Daredevil (and all the Marvel shows) and Man in the High Castle. I remember when the Walking Dead was good. I also own all of the seasons of Psych (the best show of all time) and Boy Meets World (the best kids show of all time). Oh and I also watch the Star Wars Rebels cartoon with my boys, I do it for them…

FAVORITE SPORT TEAMS?

In order of my amount of love for them:

1. Seattle Supersonics (I don’t care, they’re coming back…someday)

2. Seattle Mariners

3. Seattle Seawhawks

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders

5. Los Angeles Lakers

6. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (It’s ok, I was born in Cali)

Also I was taught that there is good and evil in the world, Boston and the Yankees. So like all human beings with a moral compass, I cheer for Boston.

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?

Lately I’m really digging Needtobreathe, Leon Bridges, and Gungor. Some of my all time favorites include Jim Croce, Frank Sinatra, They Might Be Giants, and James Taylor. I most often listen to movie scores by artists like the great John Williams, Henry Jackman, and Michael Giacchino. As a youth group teen in the 00’s I also have the O.C. Supertones, Relient K, and Switchfoot engrained into my DNA.

PC OR MAC?

Is this even a question? No it is not. Apple all the way.

YOU HAVE A DAY OFF WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

I’m going to spend the day with my family. Probably spend a large portion of the day reading. Play a bunch with my sons. Then cooking a dandy meal and spending the rest of the night binge watching one of our favorite tv shows with my gorgeous wife.

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL VACATION SPOT?

Seattle or Yellowstone…but I wouldn’t turn down Hawaii either

SO…

I could write here for days, but I need to keep some of the mystery thing going. Otherwise I have to change my business cards. Right now they read “Dean Lentini: Mystery wrapped in an enigma and deep-fried in a conundrum.”I’ll concede with just saying that I hope to write an auto-biography one day and entitle it “The Life of Dean Lentini: You’re Welcome.”


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