A pastor involved in a major church conflict was once asked, “Which side of this conflict do you support, the left wing or the right wing?” The pastor responded, “Neither wing. I like the whole bird!” Dan believes in “whole bird ministry.” He believes the church should welcome and include people from a wide variety of theological and political perspectives, thus becoming a living demonstration of God’s kingdom of peace, hope, and justice for all people. In 40 years of local church ministry and through extensive training and hands-on experience, he has learned both the challenges and possibilities for such faithful living and is excited about the opportunity of working with congregations seeking to model such faithfulness in their own settings.
Dan has provided pastoral leadership for churches ranging in size from 37 to 1300 and has also served the larger church in a wide variety of ways, including long-range vision work and training opportunities for church leaders. Congregations have consistently grown under his leadership both numerically and spiritually.
Dan is delighted to join Pinnacle Leadership Associates in its important and timely ministry. He is convinced that Pinnacle is asking the right questions and doing the right things to help churches and individuals make the needed shift in this time of challenge and change.
Dan is married to Carol and they have two children and five grandchildren. He is an avid golfer and lifetime fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
BA in Sociology from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
D Min from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia
Dissertation: The Cooperative Parish in Rural America: A Model for Mission by the Small Church
Training in conflict management with Alban Institute and Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Training in interim pastor ministry though the Presbyterian Church USA
Training in Large Church Ministry and Church Growth with Alice Mann and Susan Beaumont
Pastor serving churches in Georgia and South Carolina ranging ins size from 37 to 1300 members
Leadership for four Bond Referendum Campaigns to build new public schools
Service with numerous community groups with special emphasis on those supporting the health and well-being of children
Service to the larger church in the areas of church conflict and training for healthy churches