Pastor Dan & Elizabeth DeBlock
The Reverend Doctor Daniel G DeBlock
The first of five children of and the son of two professors. Mom a professor of nursing the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and Dad a professor at Concordia College Milwaukee. Dad was a pastor and he eventually received a call to Canada oh around 1971. The passport photos made us look like refuges. Anyway, my next move was to join the Army in the US to prove to my relative I was not trying to avoid the draft. Those were the times we lived in.
In the Army I served in Heidelberg Germany and traveled and visited 13 countries. My brother came over and traveled with me. By that time, he was sporting a full beard and smoking a pipe. He brought Euro rail passes and using the train we discovered trains made travel a lot of fun.
In 1975 I got out of the military and started college and then seminary. My first parish was in Nebraska and then I ended up going into the Army Chaplaincy. I have served as a Prison Chaplain at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Deputy Division Chaplain for the 2nd Infantry Division, Senior Instructor at the US Army Chaplain School and then Chief of Operations for the schoolhouse ultimately retiring in 2003.
Soon after retiring I discovered Intentional Interim Ministry and received a call to a church in South Western Minnesota. Bishop Jon Anderson had just become the bishop. I took one break, to get trained to serve as a hospital chaplain for three years. The rest is history. I have taken several courses in Intentional Interim Ministry in North Carolina, several advanced courses at Luther Seminary in the twin cities and been a member of the ELCA’s Interim Ministry Association’s (IMA) national board since 2005. I am incredibly happy to be here and thoroughly enjoyed meeting those of you who dare to come by church or stop by to meet us. Our door is always open. We are very aware and conscientious about COVID 19.
Elizabeth and I have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. This is Elizabeth home country. She grew up on a farm near Elkton and has grandparents and relatives who had farms in South Dakota and Minnesota. Her relatives are buried nearby because this is where they worked and farmed years ago. On Highway 14 we pass where they use to farm and live. Wonderful memories. Elizabeth has many good memories of growing up in the area and feels right at home and enjoys meeting everyone.
Hope you are all doing well.
Pastor Dan and Elizabeth