My name is Dan Leverence.
I'm a remarkably inconsistent blogger.
I love Jesus. I love my family. And I love the Church.
My desk is usually always clean and I can't really function without a measure of order, yet I love opportunities to be spontaneous, creative, and adventurous. Weird, right? There's an ongoing battle that wages between the two halves of my brain - I like to think of it as being middlebrained. I've learned to embrace it and have come to appreciate the inherent unconventionality in the way that God created me.
I'm married to my best friend and we have one son who was born in Ethiopia.
The longer version:
I've always loved music and the Arts. They were a huge part of how and why I came to faith in Jesus. My family encouraged me to use those gifts and I've been blessed with several mentors who've invested in me.
I attended Indiana Wesleyan University where I earned degrees in Vocal Performance and Church Music. It was there that I met my wife, Angie. She is my best friend and the most amazing ministry partner in the world. Our journey has been replete with the faithfulness of God. We've experienced the highs and lows of life in vocational ministry, serving for seasons in both healthy and dysfunctional churches. We've also experienced the highs and lows of life. Most notably, our journey to become a family was filled with challenges, deep and painful loss, and grief. Ultimately, adoption was God's plan for us and we've found the most unbelievable fulfillment in being parents to our awesome Ethiopian son, Tate.
Most of my vocational ministry life has been spent in Worship & Creative Arts Ministry and I've served at churches in San Diego (three years), rural western Michigan (two years), Minneapolis (11 years), and now, Chicago (three years and counting). Those churches have all been unique, some small and some big. One thing that has been consistent: they've all offered me extraordinary opportunities to lead and grow.
Today, I'm still very actively involved in Worship Ministry, but in a different way. I'm part of the Executive Team at Parkview Christian Church in suburban Chicago. We're a large, growing, multi-site church that wants to help anyone, regardless of their story, take their next step with Jesus. In my role, I have the privilege of helping to lead several departmental teams that work to engage people from site to seat. It may be the first time people see a social media post, their first impression of our campuses as they drive in the parking lot, the people who greet them at the doors, or the worship services they experience (in person or online). Regardless of how they engage, I'm passionate about helping people to know that Jesus loves them and that we love them too.
I write partially because it's an outlet for me. But I also write because I'm burdened for churches and leaders to be healthy. I only write when I have something to say or the time to say it. It makes me remarkably inconsistent, but I'll continue to do my best and share the things that are rolling around inside my crazy middlebrained mind.