Pastor Dan was born in Muskegon, Michigan, where he lived until his father left for the seminary when he was five years old. Most of his childhood years were spent in Central Illinois. He graduated from Lapeer West High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia University, Ann Arbor in 1983. He received his Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University in 1995. Pastor Dan spent seven years teaching in Lutheran grade schools before spending twenty-one years in the Lutheran High School Association in various teaching/administrative roles at Lutheran West, Lutheran South, and Lutheran Westland.
Pastor Dan has been happily married to his college sweetheart, Linda, since 1983 and they have been blessed with three children, Kelsey, Kyle, and Katey. Andrea joined the family as she married Kyle in 2012. Pastor Dan and Linda are blessed with one granddaughter, Adelaide Josephine, born in 2016! He loves to spend time with his family and enjoys the blessings of faith and family each and every day. He enjoys following the Detroit sports teams, golfing, and reading in his spare time. Pastor Dan was ordained in November of 2011. He filled in at Christ Lutheran Church for many years while he was doing his seminary studies. He served as pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Detroit from 2006 until 2016. On March 1, 2016 Pastor Dan joined the Guardian team as full time pastor. He looks forward to the ministry opportunities at Guardian where God has blessed the Guardian family in so many ways for so many years!!
Favorite bible verse: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)