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Pastor Dan was welcomed as an interim pastor at Our Saviour’s in January of 2009. In March of 2010 he was honored to be called as an Associate Pastor. Pastor Dan was called to be the senior pastor of Our Saviour’s in June of 2013. His first call after ordination was to a wonderful church, Zion Lutheran in Litchfield, MN (1977-1981). He then went to Our Savior’s Lutheran in Faribault, MN (1981-1986). Our Saviors was a young, rapidly growing and vibrant congregation. His next call was to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church of Edina as an associate pastor (1986-1995). Advent Lutheran Church in Maple Grove called him to be their senior pastor (1995-2004). He then returned to Shepherd of the Hills to be their senior pastor until 2008.
Pastor Dan is married to Jan Lacher Nordin. Jan is a payroll specialist for Grey Plant Moody, a law firm in downtown Minneapolis. He has two children. Ryan lives in Red Wing, Minnesota. Ryan loves his group home, his friends and his staff who give him great care. His daughter, Michelle, and husband, Jose Quevedo, have two beautiful and gifted daughters, Daniela and Kaili and one grandson, Dominik, born in August 2013. He also has a foster daughter, Audra, who has been more like his daughter for the last 17 years. Audra and her husband, Adam Tembreull, and children, Faith and John Daniel, live in Rogers, Minnesota.
Pastor Dan’s faith life at Our Saviour’s in East Bethel has been nurtured by vibrant worship, a team-style of pastoral configuration, gifted and committed fellow pastors, a highly dedicated core of staff and lay leaders, and a sincere caring community among the membership. He went through a significant transition in the recent years and this congregation has been a constant source of prayerful support through it all. There is an authentic joy in this congregation that cannot be missed. The Gospel is alive in worship, service opportunities, and in its fellowship opportunities.
Pastor Dan’s passions include motorcycling, golf, woodworking, remodeling, and household projects (and, yes it is true, he loves to sheetrock and even sheetrock taping is one of my passions). He loves being with people. One of his ultimate passions is motorcycling through the mountains (the Canadian Rockies being a favorite venue for cycling). A dream he has is to motorcycle through Italy and the Swiss Alps.
It might surprise you to know that Pastor Dan was majoring in Chemistry at Augsburg College, planning on a career in pharmacy or medicine when a good friend invited him to join her and her “outreach team” on a weekend in a local church. That weekend changed his life. He heard a clear “call” from God to become a pastor as that experience with the youth of that church spoke to him. He is sure glad God called him through kids to be a pastor. He loves being a pastor-especially being a pastor of this magnificent church.
With a free day, Pastor Dan would love to get up early and read the newspaper with a cup of coffee in hand. He would love to motorcycle to Lake City, MN and golf the Jewel golf course with good friends. Then come home and play scrabble or Battleship with his wife.