Dan earned his eligibility for membership in The American Legion with service in the United States Navy during the Bosnia/Herzegovina War era as a Commissioned Officer; enrolling in the Navy Chaplaincy program.
His service time in the Navy enabled him to spend time not only with Navy personnel (San Diego, CA, Newport, RI, Everett, WA, USS Paul F. Foster), but also with the Marine Corps (Camp Pendleton, CA). He will always cherish the time spent in uniform. He has been a member of The American Legion since 1997.
Dan was born and raised in Merrill, Wisconsin. In high school, he was the class treasurer and a member of the Marching Jays and Jazz Band. Dan was also involved in sports, already lettering in Cross-Country as a Sophomore. Dan's real prize, however, came when he crossed the finish line of his 7th grade dream of becoming a pastor.
After high school, Dan attended Concordia University in Mequon, WI, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. As part of Concordia's global education program, he had the opportunity to travel and visit the Holy Land. Dan continued his education by earning a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. He also studied in Tallinn, Estonia. His two years of field work were at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Decatur, IN and he served his vicarage year at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, WI.
In August of 1997, he came to Horicon, WI, and was installed as the Assistant Pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. October 2000, he accepted the position of Administrative Pastor at St. Stephen, where he is currently serving.
As God has a way of opening and closing doors, so it was with "Lieutenant Dan's" military uniform. His service to God and Country would never be placed in storage, however, Dan continued to serve our veterans and their families by holding numerous positions within the American Legion over his 25 continuous years of membership.
Dan is married to his wife Stacey. He has two children, a son (Jacob) and a daughter (Emma). Stacey and Emma are members of Unit 157, Horicon and Jacob is a member of Squadron 157, Horicon.
Bachelor of Arts
Concordia University, Mequon, WI: 1993
(Pastoral Ministry & Theological Languages)
Master of Divinity
Concordia Theological Seminary,
Fort Wayne, IN: 1997
Naval Chaplain School
Newport, RI (Leadership Training): 1997
Wisconsin American Legion College Professional Development Seminar: 2007
American Legion Extension Institute: 2012
National American Legion College: 2012
National Membership Workshop: 2013-2015
Wisconsin American Legion College: 2015
Post Level Activities (Horicon 157)
100% and "All-Time High" Post Commander, Adjutant, Building Committee
County Level Activities
Commander and Chaplain
District Level Activities
Commander, 1st Vice and 2nd Vice Commander
Department Level Activities
Department Commander, 1st Vice Commander, Membership & Post Activities Committee, WI American Legion College Instructor, Finance Committee, Americanism Committee (County Youth Government Chair), Strategic Planning Committee, Religious Emphasis Committee Chair, Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain
National Level Activities
Veterans Employment & Education Commission Chair, Membership & Post Activities Chair, 21st Century Ad Hoc Committee Chair, Marketing Commission Executive Committee, IT Oversight Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, National Cemetery Committee, Certified ALEI Instructor, The System Worth Saving Task Force, Chaplain, Chaplain's Conference Chair, Convention Corporation, Legislative Commission Chair
District Commander's New Post Achievement Award, Silver Brigade, Legionnaire of the Year (Post 157, Dodge County, 2nd District), 100% Post Commander (6), National Chaplain Service Recognition
ANAVICUS, NALCAA, WALCAA, PUFL, Past Commander's Club, Sons of the American Legion, 2nd District Past Commander's Club, 2nd District "Turtle Club", de Gnuts Club, Life-Member and Pastor of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, 8th Circuit Visitor (South Wisconsin District, LCMS), WBHA (Wisconsin Bowhunters Association)
January 13th - 15th
January 19th - 22nd
January 27th - 29th
February 3rd - 5th
February 10th - 11th
Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV
February 16th - 19th
February 26th - March 1st
March 24th - 26th
April 14th - 16th
May 19th - 29th
May 4th - 11th
June 8th - 11th
June 22nd - 25th
July 6th - 8th
July 8th - 12th
July 12th - 15th
August 12th - 15th Buffalo, NY
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