Born into a military family, Dan moved frequently in his early years and came to faith in Christ through the influence of his parents, who introduced him to the Scriptures, and a Sunday School teacher with the heart of an evangelist. Dan grew in his faith at the University of Oklahoma through the discipleship ministry of the Baptist Student Union, where he met the love of his life and future spouse, Kelly. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy, serving in a Patrol squadron flying the P-3 Orion and on staff at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. During this time, Kelly and Dan were married and engaged in ministry in the local church and Officer’s Christian Fellowship, a Christian outreach ministry to the military, leading Bible Studies and teaching Sunday School.
Dan and Kelly left active duty and moved to Northern Virginia to establish roots for a growing family and satisfy a need for deeper, long-lasting Christian fellowship and relationships. Dan went back to school for a master’s degree in computer science, joined the Naval Reserve Force, and took a job with a local company.
Dan and Kelly felt led to Reston Bible Church and began attending in 2003. They have both served in the youth ministry, in Shepherd Groups, and in the prayer ministry. In the fall of 2017, Dan went with the mission team providing hurricane relief to families in South Texas devastated by recent storms.
Kelly and Dan have been blessed with six children who love the Lord. To date, He has also provided their three oldest with godly spouses and two beautiful grandchildren. Dan enjoys time spent with the family, running and fitness activities, learning about almost any period of history, camping, traveling, and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners.
After nearly 50 years of learning to walk with Christ in faith, hope, and love, Dan remains in awe of God’s patience, kindness, and offer of unmerited favor toward all men, especially himself…for inviting us to find meaning and purpose in a relationship with the Creator of the universe and entrusting to us the message of God’s desire for reconciliation with every person (2 Corinthians 5:11-21).