“There is no privilege greater than serving as a Pastor to Members and Non-Members.”
That pretty much sums up the way I see my ministry. It’s not just being an ordained minister: it’s becoming a person’s Pastor.
I’ve been serving churches in full-time ministry since 1981, inspired by the words of Claire Hanson who told me, “All you have to do is be a good minister”, when I was in seminary. I’m committed to small town ministry because I love the personal nature of small communities and the fact that I can get involved in so many areas of our common life with both member and non-member.
My wife, Carm, and I were married in 2001 and have four children. Along with my church ministry I have been certified as an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor, serve as a Police/Fire Chaplain for Rockton & South Beloit, lead grief groups and community awareness efforts for the opioid issues, do marriage and personal counseling, and commit myself to the Good News of God’s life. I do woodworking as a hobby and build custom heirloom rocking horses for sale and to donate to non-profit organizations I support.
More Background Information:
The Rev. Daniel J. Herman arrived at the Old Stone Church in February of 2004. Pastor Dan is a 1973 graduate of Oconomowoc High School in Oconomowoc, WI. He graduated with a BA in Psychology and an emphasis in marriage & family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie, WI in 1977. He attended United Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity (M.Div) on June 9th of 1984.
Pastor Dan has served a two-point charge at the Evangelical & Reformed UCC in Perham, MN and the Congregational UCC in New York Mills, MN from 1981-1984. He then served the Washington Reformation Church-United Church of Christ in Monticello, WI from 1985-1989. Rev. Herman received his status as a CADC-II (Certified Alcohol and other Drug abuse Counselor) in Wisconsin and worked as and alcohol and drug abuse counselor at Green County Human Services in Monroe, WI.
In 1993 he was called to serve the Congregational UCC in Brodhead, WI where he served until 2003. In 2004 he received his call to serve the Old Stone Church where he continues as pastor, teacher, and counselor.
Pastor Dan has served as a Fire Chaplain to the Rockton Fire Protection District since 2005 and has served on the Board of Directors for Highview in the Woodlands, an assisted living and memory care facility in Rockton, since 2006. In 2016 he became a chaplain for the Rockford Police/Fire Departments. He is also on the Board of Directors and the chaplain for Hope Over Addiction: a group whose primary ministry is to families and users of opioids and heroin. Pastor Dan and Carm were married in 2002 and together have four children.