July 13, 2018
Hello my name is Pastor Dan Vickers and I'm excited to be a part of Winona First United Methodist Church! Each week I plan on writing my sermons, thoughts, and prayers.
A little about myself:
God called me when I was just a kid. I felt his tug on my heart strings throughout my growing up years. I wasn’t always reactive to his wooing. Part of it was because it seemed kind of scary, and part of it was just an ignorance on my part – I didn’t know what to do or how to respond.
However, at age 16, I gave my heart to God in a small Methodist church outside Texarkana – Few Memorial. I knew soon afterwards that God was calling me to become a pastor. After joining the Navy at age 17, I began to indoctrinate myself on the life and sermons of John Wesley. I attended church and Bible studies when in port and studied on my own when out to sea.
My plans on becoming a pastor after 6 years in the Navy didn’t work out like I thought it would. I was deterred for a while, but soon I began taking on leadership roles in the various churches I attended. Throughout my business career I believed that each role I took was going to prepare me to be a better pastor – as an engineer in the Navy, as a branch manager at Bank of America, and as an IT project manager.
I have led numerous Bible studies and small groups, I have attended many leadership training courses both in the church and in the business world, and I have participated in many types of programs – music, sound systems, event organizing, writing, youth ministry and finances.
In my free time, I am on the board of the local community theater in Mineola and I do some occasional free-lance sports articles for the Wood County Monitor.
My wife, Danielle, and I love working and serving in the church. My eldest daughter, Maarta, is a pianist and plays in the contemporary service at Mineola, and my youngest daughter, Marika, is a strong leader in the high school youth department. My son, Wynsen, is our firstborn and he is working hard, getting his education and trying to determine the next steps for his life.
My life goal has been to become a local pastor. God has been kind to me and has blessed me on my journey. I look forward to serving Winona First United Methodist church and continuing this journey with you.