Born and raised in San Diego, Deanna graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in Philosophy/Theology. Following God’s call to cross-cultural ministry, she spent 2 years ministering in South Korea, and then moved to the Kansas City area to attend Nazarene Theological Seminary. There, she met and married Ben Hayden, and both graduated from NTS with a Master's of Divinity. Deanna was an associate pastor in the inner city of Kansas City for 3 years before coming here to Southwood Church as the Executive Pastor, where she served in that capacity for 2 years. She was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2010 and became the Lead Pastor here in September of 2011. She has a passion in ministry for diversity and reaching the community!
Ben is a hospital chaplain and a chaplain with the Air Force Reserves. Deanna and Ben have two children: Josiah, born in 2008, and Hannah, born in 2010. Their family loves to go to the park, take walks, go on picnics, or wrestle at home! (Okay, that last one is just Ben and the kids.) Ben enjoys golfing and grilling, Josiah loves being outside to swim, ride his bike, or build snow forts, and Hannah loves to laugh, wrestle and sing. Deanna’s favorite hobby is going to a coffee shop with a good book or a friend.
Deanna loves the Lord and feels privileged to serve God here at Southwood. She believes journeying with the Lord is a constant adventure, and loves to come alongside of others as they find their place in this exciting Story of God!