Acerca de Dan graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1978, where he played football for coach Frosty Westering and received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. While he completed his education, he also worked part-time as a Youth Director at a local church.
Following graduation, Dan worked full time as a Youth Director for a larger church in Eastern Washington until entering Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He returned to the Pacific Northwest and continued working in youth programming and fund raising for the next several years.
Dan applied to the education department at Pacific Lutheran University, and in 1987 received a Master of Arts in Education with a