Dan grew up in Arkansas and felt God’s call to the ministry at a very early age. By the time he was 23, he was already serving as a full-time pastor. Forty-one years after preaching his very first sermon, Dan continues to serve in the ministry as the senior pastor of Liberty Church, Yukon, OK. He and his wife, Pam, have been married for 36 years and have two children and four grandchildren.
Throughout his life, Dan has believed that Christians cannot compartmentalize their lives into the “secular” and the “sacred,” but are called by Jesus to be “salt and light” in every area of society – including government. He believes that since we Americans live in a representative republic, it is essential that “we, the people” fulfill our duties as citizens – especially so for those who are Christians.
In 2008, Dan began presenting what has become his highly acclaimed “Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment” presentation. In it, he tells the inspiring story of the Patriot Pastors of the 18th century who preached the biblical principles of freedom and government from their pulpits and when the time came, led the men of their congregations off to defend those principles on the battlefields of our War of Independence.
Over the years, the “Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment” presentation has grown into a full-blown stage production. In full period costume, Dan uses multimedia and actual relics from the War of Independence to challenge today’s church, especially pastors, to stand for freedom as the 18th century church did.
As he travels around the country telling the Black Regiment story, Dan warns the church that if we do not stand as our founding generation stood, we could very well lose our republic and our liberties – especially religious liberty.
In 2012, while continuing to serve as a full-time pastor and while continuing to present his Black Regiment message around the country, Dan successfully ran for the Oklahoma Legislature where he served as a state representative for two terms.
Dan’s vision is that the church in Oklahoma and across the country will regain the “spirit” of the original Black Regiment and once again actively engage in the defense of truth and liberty. Through his work as pastor, state representative, leader in the modern Black Regiment movement and now candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, Dan endeavors to see that vision fulfilled.