Pastor Dan is a man who truly has a heart for both people and for God. People are attracted to Zion Christian Church because they feel the quiet magnetism of Pastor Dan’s personality and appreciate the wisdom and sincerity of the way that he presents the Word of God and motivates Christians to draw closer to God. Pastor Dan creates an environment at Zion Christian Church where people naturally want to care for one another and soon we feel like family.
Born and raised for the most part in Pittsburgh, he gave his life to Jesus Christ when he was around 16. After graduating from Sewickley Academy, he attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio for a year and a half/ There he led the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship on Campus and experienced revival like healings and salvations after realizing how powerless he really was. The Holy Spirit woke him from his sleep during the following Summer Vacation with a powerful encounter of Himself as a mighty wind filling his room and moving across his body. The Presence of God was so real it frightened him. God called him to the ministry that night. That experience compelled him to transfer to a Spirit filled Bible College, and he transferred to Elim Bible Institute.
He graduated from Elim in 1976 and headed straight to the Mission field in Scotland, where he met his wife, Charlene. Charlene is a gifted teacher, a woman of great love and wisdom. She is a musician, a song writer, and a tremendous intercessor who hears from God. Called into the Ministry through a vision as a teenager, she leads the Women’s ministry and serves in many other capacities here at Zion Christian Church. When they met in 1976, Charlene was also in Scotland for a summer of Missionary work, traveling there from her home church in Eugene, Oregon. Even though they spent most of the next year an ocean and two countries apart, they knew God had brought them together, and they eventually were married in Oregon on April 8, 1978.
After their marriage, they returned to Europe, where they spent the next eight years in ministry. God blessed them with two daughters during those years, Stephanie was born in Scotland, and Jennifer was born in England.
During those eight years, among other things we pioneered two churches. The first was in Hawick, Scotland, a sleepy town nestled in the Borders Region near England. The second church was in Sheffield, England; England’s steel capitol.
They returned to the United States in 1986, where Pastor Dan joined the Pastoral Staff of Faith Community, a large and fine ministry that was located in Bethel Park, PA. He left Faith Community in 1991, and Zion Christian Church began on Christmas Eve of that year.
It was an amazing time. There were amazing detailed prophetic words given to them about the planting of a new Church by people who never met us. God also came to each of them in visions and dreams about the new church.
Zion began services at Howard Johnson’s Hotel on Christmas Eve of 1991. Our slogan was “There is Room for Jesus in the Inn”. Some seven years later, they were given the beautiful Worship Center and Parsonage they now utilize free of charge. It was a great miracle, and we praise God. The deeds were transferred to Zion on July 3, 1998 by the Congregation of Union Baptist Church, who over-ruled our purchase offer to give us the Church, the Parsonage, and everything in them free of charge as a gift.
In addition to their Pastor duties, they help directly oversee both the Oasis Coffee Center (A Community Center) and the Bridge of Hope, Zion’s Refugee Services (Reaching out with the love of Christ and the Gospel to the Bhutanese Refugees).