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Becoming a Healing Presence
Becoming a Healing Presence begins with the truth that we are all seeking to become noble, something elevated beyond our earth-bound selves. Becoming a Healing Presence addressed the question, “How.” Christ is everything. He is our physician, our complete healer. He wants us to be His healing presence on earth, His healing presence to others. We are His healing presence to others when we give them strength and when we give them hope.
Dan is a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming and received a BS in Sociology from the University of Wyoming in 1979 where he was an All- Conference place kicker in football, played in the 1976 Fiesta Bowl, had professional try-outs with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons and
recently inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame.
After receiving his Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1983, he participated in parish ministry for 15 years. During that time he spent almost 3 years in the mission field in East Africa, as the first missionary priest sent overseas by the Greek Orthodox Mission Center which became a pan-Orthodox agency under the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) in 1993 and renamed the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). Subsequently he served in various communities in the
United States as well as assisting to establish the Archdiocesan Office in Hong Kong in 1997.
He has also received a Masters Degree in Social Work and managed several federal grants in the health field. Dan worked for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) from 2001-2020 as
Development Officer, Development Director, and the final eight years as US Country Representative. He served as the Vice Chairman of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) and President of the Minnesota Chapter of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Dan also serves as a volunteer Police Chaplain in Edina, Minnesota.
Dan was appointed the Director of Development at OCMC in August 2020 and oversees all Fundraising and Communication staff and efforts at OCMC. Thirty-five years after being sent to Africa as the first missionary, he has now returned to OCMC to help engage others in the critical work of financially supporting the efforts of the Mission Center to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His Church. Dan has taught at the high school, junior college and University level, as well as being a consultant for governmental and non-governmental organizations.