Even though he heard the gospel most of his life, it was not until attending a Christian camp the summer after his freshman year of high school that the gospel “clicked” in Pastor Dan’s heart and mind. Despite the change of life he experienced after camp, he still struggled with assurance of salvation for several years. During his freshman year of college, Dan started to understand God’s sovereignty in salvation and his doubts fled away. Particularly helpful was a portion of a sermon by C. H. Spurgeon: “Remember, sinner, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that is the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not to thy hope, but to Christ, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith; but to Christ, the author and finisher of thy faith.”
Shortly after his conversion, Dan felt a desire for pastoral ministry. After college, he and his wife moved to the Twin Cities where Dan could attend seminary. During his seminary and local church training, Dan was grounded in the gospel. Through a mutual friend, he connected with Pastor Jeff, and Dan and his family began to help with the church plant of Grace Community Bible Church. In the fall of 2012, Dan was called and ordained as an elder at Grace Community Bible Church.
Dan received a Master of Arts in Bible Exposition from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. He is completing a Masters of Theology in Historical Theology from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
Dan has been married to Beth since 2004. They have been blessed with four children. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, downhill skiing, golfing, and Jeepin’ in Moab, Utah.