Pastor Dan in South Dakota

Pastor Dan

Pastor Dan. I am writing this site as a memory of my time in South Dakota. I am the director of the Lutheran Lakota Shared Ministries at the Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center in Pine Ridge SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. For more on the center go to pineridgereconciliationcenter.org the website for the center.

I am a third career pastor having chosen to go to seminary in my late 40’s. I graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in May of 2018. I was called as the associate pastor at The Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Florissant MO that same day. I served in that capacity for 2 years prior to answering God’s call to come serve the Oglala Lakota people here in Pine Ridge.

Prior to entering ministry, I was in technical sales. In 2007 I felt the call to youth ministry and served for 9 years at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Creve Coeur, MO. It was at Holy Cross that my life changed, and I met my beautiful wife Jackie and our incredible kids Emily, Nick, and Sam.

  • Sermon, Message, Discussion…

    Whatever you want to call it Pastors are supposed to be good at is giving the weekly message in church each week. And if that does not scare you, we are taught in seminary that we are speaking the words of God. Really? Me? Come on, have you met me? When I entered seminary, I […]

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  • Quiet

    Last night I was invited to lead worship and confirmation at Custer Lutheran Fellowship. It was a wonderful experience. They start with a young kids program, followed by dinner, worship and then confirmation. I skipped dinner choosing to eat dinner with Jackie in Custer beforehand. We ate at the Custer Wolf. It was yummy and […]

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  • Meetings

    I have been accused of hating meetings. That is not entirely true. I am all for productive meetings that have results. That accomplish something. That need to happen. I have attended many good meetings where decisions are made after quality discussions. Where ideas are exchanged, shared, and decided upon. I think meetings are a great […]

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