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 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.

  • Zoo.

    I really like zoos. I have joked that if I ever won a big lottery I would do like in the movie “We Bought a Zoo.” Well, maybe not to that extent and with 5 dogs and a cat, some would say that Jackie lives in a zoo. But zoos and animals in general are […]

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  • We are all broken

    My favorite coffee mug is one with the handle broken off. I have had it for years having bought it during a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. It is white and green, and the green handle broke off when I dropped it. I bought a replacement during a visit to Estes. […]

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  • Cold night

    It turned dangerously cold last night. I woke to a temperature of -2. Cold. The type of cold which can kill. The kind that can quickly cause harm, particularly to exposed skin or under dressed people. Last night we had a shelter open. Thanks to a partnership with the tribe, the ELCA, and our friend […]

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