Daniel grew up in Vancouver and started following Jesus in elementary school. Upon discerning a call to pastoral ministry during university, he transferred out of pre-med and into religious studies. He took his first church staff position in his final year of university where he served his local church. Before returning back to Beulah in the Fall of 2019, he was the Director of Church Multiplication for LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. In this role, he was responsible to consult with churches on multiplication, leadership, discipleship, and change management. He frequently worked with large churches and denominations on training, staff development, and organizational development. During this time, his love for the local church did not subside, as Daniel continued to pastor by serving as a teaching pastor in his local church in Nashville.
Before his time at LifeWay, Daniel served for five years at Beulah leading the groups ministry, the adult ministry team, and serving as an interim campus pastor. During his time at Beulah, he finished up his theological studies by earning a Masters of Arts in Global Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. Before Beulah, he served as the lead youth pastor and ministries pastor for the English Ministry of Onnuri Community Church in Seoul, South Korea—a church of 50,000 people. And before that, he pastored in a church plant in Montreal, a city where less than 2% are Christian. Daniel has authored and co-authored three books, including the best-selling leadership book No Silver Bullets, which has greatly influenced the discipleship strategy for many churches in North America.
Christina grew up in the city of Ottawa, the youngest of two children, in the loving home of two immigrants from China that met in Canada while working at K-mart (it’s the sweetest love story… ask her about it sometime). Christina was rescued by Jesus at 8 years old and believes kids can be invited into a life of wonder, engagement, and curiosity about the Bible. Children’s spiritual lives are real and vibrant: they are known and loved by God as they are right now. While Christina is deeply passionate about her own family, she has devoted her life to investing in other families too. In her career both as a homeschool mom, previous social worker, and current podcast co-host with Daniel, Christina has sought to serve Jesus by loving children and their families well. Christina’s passion is to give people the tools to build strong, connected, joy-filled, and Christ-centred marriages and families.
Daniel and his wife Christina have been married for nearly fifteen years. They met in University through a missions trip with Power To Change and started dating shortly after. They have been inseparable ever since. They were married right after graduation and since have had a dog, Teddy (13) and three children, Victoria (11), Adelyn (10), and Makarios (6).