Columbia Theological Seminary
Distinguished Service Award Ceremony

Pastor Dan, Nadia (wife), and children (Austin, Alexis, and Joshua) were all able to travel to Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur (Greater Atlanta), Georgia in early February to participate in the Alumni Council luncheon where Dan was presented with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award for the work our church is helping to lead in the field of mental health ministry.

In addition to the luncheon, Dan enjoyed time to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and other sites in Atlanta with his family, attend lectures that were part of Columbia’s Homecoming event, reconnect with several of his professors and classmates, and have time with his pastor colleague group that he meets with twice a year.

This event once again provided an opportunity to see the widespread interest there is in our denomination for mental health ministry, both through the affirmation of the ministry by the Alumni Council and through the many people who approached Dan while he was at Columbia wanting to connect further and learn more about the ministry.

Video clips of the introduction of Dan by his friend and Columbia Theological Seminary classmate Ben Trawick and Dan’s acceptance speech are now available below: