The Short Version

Husband to Lynn; Abba to Obadiah, Maranatha & Annabelle; Lead Pastor at Crossroads Community Church (Vancouver, WA); 3-time Church Planter; Musician; Author; Evangelist who lives in the sacred embrace of God, simply responding to Jesus.

The Long Version

Daniel came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in April of 1998 while he was in his last year at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. After spending a few years as a professional musician (upright and electric bass), Daniel felt called into the pastoral ministry. He was taken on staff at Calvary Chapel Marin under the direction of Pastor John Henry Corcoran in January of 2000.

After being ordained in 2002, Daniel was sent out to plant Calvary Chapel New Brunswick, located in New Jersey. In November of 2006, that church was turned over to his successor so that Daniel could move back to the San Francisco Bay Area to plant more churches.

While in the Bay Area, Daniel planted Calvary North Bay in Mill Valley, CA. In 2010, while continuing to pastor the church in Mill Valley, Daniel planted Calvary San Francisco. In 2012, Daniel turned over both churches to move to Vancouver, Washington to become the Lead Pastor at Crossroads Community Church where he presently serves. He is also the founder of the Calvary Church Planting Network which helps facilitate church planters.

Daniel has a unique style of teaching that takes the timeless truth of Scripture and makes it applicable and simple for men and women of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds in today’s society. His teachings can be accessed at,through iTunes podcasts, YouTube videos and at His popular #2MinuteMessage can be found on his Facebook page. The Jesus is Real radio ministry that features messages from Daniel is on 40+ stations across the country.

Daniel is also a gifted writer and a featured contributor to “Preaching Today.” He has published articles with Leadership Journal,, and His book “Ahead of the Curve” is currently available on and his second book, “Honestly”, is slated to be published by NavPress, in the spring of 2016.

Daniel has taught at churches, retreats, youth rallies, leadership seminars, seminaries, college campuses, and pastor’s conferences both in the States and abroad.

Daniel’s passion for the lost keeps him playing music and drinking coffee in and around the great city of Portland where he is able to minister outside the four walls of the church.

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