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Dan M. Appel

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My father had a small medical equipment and sales company which I worked in while growing up.  While it was assumed that I would enter one of the professions, he believed that one of the greatest gifts you could give a child is to learn how to work and that it is important to have a trade to fall back on.  So, I trained not only in sales and service, but also worked in high school and college as a baker as well as learning the printing trade.  Prior to beginning my career I worked in customer service and repair of electronics.  My career as a pastor has allowed me to hone my natural talent for relationships and meeting the public.  That along with my avocations of woodworking and home repair have prepared me to not only enjoy working in a place like home depot, but to be qualified to assist customers.

Work experience

Jan 2009Present

Senior Pastor

Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Church - Auburn, California

Manage a paid staff of 4 people in addition to ultimate oversight of over 60 volunteers.

Oct 1999Dec 2008

Senior Pastor

Pleasant Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church - Pleasant Hill, California

Managed a Paid staff of 4 individuals, oversight of an additional 6 paid staff and 10 volunteers.

Jul 1991Sep 1999

Senior Pastor

Billings Seventh-day Adventist Church - Billings Montana

Managed a paid staff of 2 individuals and oversight of 5 individuals and over 20 volunteers.

Jan 1987Jun 1991

Senior Pastor

Chehalis Seventh-day Adventist Church - Chehalis, Washington

Managed a paid staff of 1 and volunteers.

Oct 1981Dec 1986

Senior Pastor

Sandpoint Seventh-day Adventist Church - Sandpoint, Idaho

Pastored the church

Jan 1978Sep 1981

Senior Pastor

Chattanooga Seventh-day Adventist Church - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Pastored the Church

Jan 1975Dec 1978

Three starting level Seventh-day Adventist Churches

Ellijay Georgia, Marietta Georgia, Jonesboro Georgia

Interim and Intern positions in Ellijay and Marietta and Pastor in Jonesboro

Sep 1973Dec 1974

Sheet Rock hanger


Hung sheetrock while working on my Masters Degree.

Sep 1967Dec 1972

Disk Jockey and Online Interviewer

National Public Radio affiliates - KANG, WAUS

Spun records and did online interviews.



Masters of Divinity

Andrews University
Sep 1967Jul 1972

Batchelor of Arts

Walla Walla College, Pacific Union College


Gardening and Yard

After a bankruptcy, I replaced the full time gardener in the yard of our home in Portland which included care and maintenance of a very intricately landscaped yard and care of 75 tea and climbing rose bushes.


I have done most of my own home repairs and upgrades for 45 years and have the skills and tools to do so.


I am a proficient woodturner, a mid-level woodworker with my own fully furnished woodshop and have worked in high school as a "choker setter" in the logging industry.