About Our Pastor
Pastor Daniel Ortega
Our church has been blessed to have Pastor Daniel Ortega as our pastor since March 1, 2010. He and his wife, Yesenia, and sons Benjamin and Isaac have become much loved and appreciated members of our church family. Pastor Daniel's leadership has inspired our congregation to pray, study the Bible, and share God's love with others as never before.
Below are some questions with Pastor Daniel's answers to help you get to know this friendly, loving, Christian family. To hear some of Pastor Ortega's sermons, go to our website Worship page.
How long have you been in the ministry? I was officially hired into full time pastoral ministry in March of 2007 when I began to Pastor in Sulphur, Oklahoma. However, I have been speaking, teaching, and working as a Bible worker since the age of 20. I thank God for the opportunities that the local churches gave me to grow and develop the gifts that God gave me. However, I believe that ministry should go beyond the typical responsibilities of a pastor. It should be the lifestyle of every person that professes to be a follower of Christ.
Did you always want to be a pastor? As a little boy I always wanted to be either a pilot or a baseball player. Since I never really got a chance to play baseball and I found out I had to wear glasses and therefore could not fly, it pretty much dissolved those two dreams. So I became very interested in Architecture when I was about 13 years old. I took high school drafting courses and worked summers for contractors and drafting engineers. My first 2 ½ years of college were spent working towards an Architectural degree. It was something I was good at and I enjoyed at the same time. However, after God called me to the pastoral ministry, my passion changed almost in the twinkling of an eye. God had instilled in me a new passion for my life. Not one of designing buildings and houses, but one of building up his kingdom. I did, however, work seven years for an architectural firm prior to being called to full time ministry.
What type of ministries where you involved in prior to becoming a pastor? When I was given the opportunities to be a part of ministry I became involved in as many areas of church ministries as I could. Anything from deacon, to elder, to youth leader, to Sabbath school teacher, communications director, and even music leader (I still don’t know how I did that one). Though all these ministries were a blessing, the ones I enjoyed the most where those which involved youth. I especially have enjoyed working with Pathfinder clubs over the last eight years. The Lord also gave the opportunity to serve as the secretary for the Fort Worth Youth Federation and as the President for the Dallas Youth Federation prior to moving to Oklahoma.
What do you envision for First Seventh-day Adventist Church of Tulsa? There are many things we do well here at First Adventist, but there are also things we could do better. Overall I pray that the general congregation would have a burning desire for bringing others to Christ. However, we shouldn’t stop there. There needs to be commitment that reflects the sincerity of our evangelistic desires. It hasn’t taken me long to recognize that we have a great group of God fearing men and women here at this church. So with that on our side and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I know that our church can be a central conduit where the love and mercy of God is shared with this community. I would like to see our evangelistic efforts be very intentional and on top of our list of priorities. In doing so, I believe all other ministries and aspects of our church will naturally improve/grow for the better.
What area of study do you enjoy most from the Scriptures? There is such a wide range of “studies” it hard to pick just one, but I would have to say that I highly enjoy the historical narrations of the Old Testament. We find so many personal stories of people living everyday life, and in all their humanistic endeavors you can see the life changing experiences that are both a direct and indirect result of trusting and worshiping the true God. As Christians we can relate to those Bible characters in so many dimensions.
What is your favorite passage in Scripture? Wow, that’s like asking, “Which is your favorite body organ?” They are all so crucial and play different roles at different times, it would be hard to pick just one. In the area of Christ’s life, I love the closing verses of the Synoptic Gospels as Christ expresses the final charge to His disciples, better known as the great commission, calling every one of us to be part of the ‘grand finale’ of His ministry. One of my favorite passages on the Sabbath is Isaiah 58:13-14, because it brings such a refreshing concept to one of our fundamental beliefs.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I highly enjoy spending time with my family, especially now that my son is at the age where he is so playful and energetic. As a family we enjoy spending time in nature and simply hanging out. I personally enjoy the game of basketball above all sports. In addition, I also enjoy running, hiking and computer graphics.