Dan Serns Bio

bib-bend.jpgDAN SERNS Bio (May 2020)

  • Born in Escondido, California
  • Raised in California, Hawaii, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina in home of a Seventh-day Adventist minister


  • Wife-Lois, married August, 1980 (High School Math Teacher, Pastoral Assistant, Evangelism Assistant Coordinator)
  • Children-Jacob (wife Vero), Dustin (wife Caitlin), Danesa (husband Brent)
  • Greatest wife and children in the world!
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Travel, Reading, Waterfalls, Water Skiing,  Speaking/Preaching/Training, Mobilizing People in Ministry


  • Mount Pisgah Academy, North Carolina
  • Attended Southern Adventist University (TN) & Newbold College (England)
  • BAs in Religion & Business Administration, Pacific Union College, California, 1979
  • MA Pastoral Ministry, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, MI, 2009


  • Preached first sermon at age fourteen (14)
  • Temperance Oration Winner and State Geometry Champion in Academy
  • Elected to class and Student Association offices in Academy and College
  • Student Missionary in Korea 76-77
  • Ordained 1984
  • North American Division Teen Ministry Award
  • Visited 75+ countries
  • Published in Adventist World, Adventist Review, Insight Magazine, Ministry Magazine, Several Union papers
  • Trained 100+ people in ESL Outreach using BIESDA system

Ministry Experience:

Texas Conference

  • 1979-82    Founded and directed BIESDA Language Programs, teaching English conversation and Bible along the Texas-Mexico border, a community service and evangelistic project of the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Operated BIESDA Summer Camp summers 80-82; Over 60 student missionaries served at BIESDA; over 70 people baptized through its ministry; 82-84    Pastor of Brownsville, Texas English Seventh-day Adventist church while continuing as BIESDA Director, Laid groundwork to start church school, Baptized 68 people
  • 84-89    Youth Director of Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Began yearly Pathfinder Leadership Training & Camporees; Pathfinder organization grew from 524 in 26 clubs to over 2,000 in 86 clubs; Conducted yearly area youth rallies; Initiated Adventist Mission Teams to Belize & Mexico, involving over 2,000 people in 48 projects over the next ten years
  • 89-91    Church Ministries Director while continuing as Youth Director of Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Initiated annual area Church Officers Training Seminars
  • 91-94    Vice President of Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists with special emphasis on involving youth and young adults in the life and mission of the church; Initiated Student Pastor program with Southwestern Adventist University; Youth Discipleship Program; Youth Congress; Students on boards & committees
  • 94-95    Church Ministries Director of Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Initiated area training in six aspects of Outreach

Kansas-Nebraska Conference

  • 95-99    Pastor, Chapel Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kansas City, KS
    • Initiatives- Amazing Facts Bible Classes; Church-wide Visitation program; Splitlog Park Youth Outreach; Capital Stewardship Program; Encouraged Midland Adventist Academy to expand from K-10 to K-12 program
    • Growth- Baptized 60+ people; Planted Kansas City, KS Spanish Church

Upper Columbia Conference

  • 99-04    Senior Pastor, Wenatchee, WA District Seventh-day Adventist Churches
    • Initiatives- Sermons on Christian radio & cable TV, Adventist Ambassadors Weekend, Enhanced Nominating Committee & Ministry Placement process; Hosted Wenatchee Youth Challenge Summer Magabook program; Encouraged Homeless Park Ministry; Raised money to build eleven churches in India and provide seven global missions couples for three years; “Adopted” Leavenworth SDA church into Wenatchee district; Coached lay people and youth in conducting evangelistic series.
    • Growth- Planted Abundant Life SDA Church in Wenatchee and added it to the district;  75+ People baptized in district

North Pacific Union Conference

  • 04-10    Ministerial Director/Soul Winning, Global Missions, Church Planting
    • Initiatives- Soul winning training for all Pastors in NPUC, Mission trip groups to India (100 village program), Bolivia (20 sites), Philippines (21 sites), Dominican Republic (31 sites) & Peru (52 sites); “Building Soul-Winning MOMENTUM in the Northwest” five-year plan, Youth Baptismal Sabbath; Monthly e-newsletter; Four Resource & Information Websites- (NPUC.adventistpastors.com,  NPUC Missions, NPUC Changed Lives, NPUC MOMENTUM!)

Texas Conference

  • 10-16   Senior Pastor, Richardson, TX District Seventh-day Adventist Church
    • Initiatives- Developed and implemented Transforming Your Church & Families of Hope concepts, Developed Secrets of Hope series for lay preachers, Broadened support for North Dallas Adventist Academy (From one to twelve constituent churches), The Great Controversy Project, “Count Me In” Stewardship Plan, Helped mobilize distribution of 200,000+ GLOW Tracts, Mobilized multiple mission teams, Transitioned to 4 Harvest Cycles per year; “Faith Challenge” raised $400k cash in 4 months to start Family Life Center
    • Growth- Helped plant McKinney English SDA Church & Dallas White Rock Lake church, 200+ People baptized/POF; See Adventist Review article
    • Added role of Texas Conference Evangelism Director (January 2014). See below
  • 14-Present   Evangelism Director, Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
    • Initiatives – 5 Point Plan for taking Adventist message to 23 million people in Texas; Developed Area Evangelism Coordinators; Homes of Hope; SWAU SWORD Program; “Multiply” Church Planting Initiative (San Antonio, Austin, Tarrant County); See www.TexasEvangelism.com

Evangelism Experiences:

Conducted Evangelistic Campaigns, Revelation Seminars, and/or Weeks of Prayer, in the following locations:

  • Belize – Belmopan
  • Bolivia – Santa Cruz Plan 3000
  • Cambodia – Wat Preah Yesu (Siem Reap)/Phnom Penh
  • Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo (Piantini Church); San Pedro de Macoris Central
  • India (Andhra Pradesh) – Jaggannapeta Ten village program; Eluru Ten village program; Coordinated 100 village program in Khammam and Eluru
  • Korea – Seoul; Busan
  • Mexico – Monterey; Linares; Doctor Arroyo
  • Peru – Trujillo City wide (52 sites; 85 participants)
  • Philippines – Metro Manila (Cabuyao); Lucena; San Pablo City Metro
  • Romania – Moisei/Cluj Napoca Speranta
  • Russia – Metallostroy
  • Ukraine – Chernivtsy; Khmelnik; Mykolayiv
  • USA:
    • Alaska – Anchorage Jr. Academy
    • Idaho – Camp MiVoden; Gem State Academy
    • Kansas – Kansas City (2), Enterprise Academy, Midland Adventist School, Broken Arrow Ranch
    • North Carolina – High Point
    • New Mexico – Sandia View Academy
    • Massachusetts – Southern New England Campmeeting Youth
    • Oregon – Portland Pleasant Valley Church
    • Pennsylvania – Blue Mountain Academy
    • Tennessee – Apison
    • Texas – Athens, Beeville, Benbrook (2), Brownsville Area (7), Bryan, Burton Academy (2), Chisholm Trail Academy, Cleburne (3), Crowley, Dallas White Rock Lake, Fort Worth North, Irving, Jefferson Academy, Joshua, Kingsville, Mansfield, Marshall, McKinney, Nameless Valley Ranch, North Dallas Adventist Academy, Richardson (3), Pilot Point, Stephenville, Valley Grande Academy
    • Washington – Cascade Christian Academy, Meadow Glade, Sunset Lake Camp, Upper Columbia Academy, Vancouver Area (3), Walla Walla Valley Academy, Wenatchee (2)
    • Wisconsin – Wisconsin Academy, Wisconsin Campmeeting Young Adults

Committee Experience:

  • Executive Committees- Texas Conference, Kansas-Nebraska Conference, North American Division, Southwestern Union
  • Academy Boards- Valley Grande Academy, Jefferson Academy, Enterprise Academy, Midland Adventist Academy, Cascade Christian Academy, North Dallas Adventist Academy
  • Other- Seminars Unlimited, Nameless Valley Ranch, Valley Grande Manor Nursing Homes Association, Mid-America Union Church Planting Committee, Upper Columbia Conference Church Planting Committee, Camp MiVoden Development Committee, Texas Conference Association, KS-NE Conference Association, NPUC Presidents’ Council, Texas Conference Personnel Committee

Passion in Ministry: Leadership Development, Global Missions, Soul-winning, Church Planting and Family

Favorite Bible Verses: Philippians 3:7-12; Isaiah 40:31; Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 4:4, 13, 19; 2 Timothy 3:15-17

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2 Responses to Dan Serns Bio

  1. Ray says:

    Hello, I see you were in Berrien Springs, MI, in 2009. Did you ever meet Mr. Loveless from the Loma Linda university church? And did you meet Delcy Kuhlman and her husband Tom who run the Still Waters retreat in Buchanan Mi? They are old friends of our family.We all lived in Berrien and my father worked at what was once the CWP (college wood products) until about 1970, he then became an evangelist for the Lake Union Area, My brother and I atteneded the Niles SDA school and my grandparents lived right across the road from the school.

  2. Warren Ritchie Christianson says:

    Your bio and posts inspire me. I appreciate you emphasizing what God can do rather than center on what is wrong with the church or other people. I can see why God has blessed your ministry. May your tribe increase!

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