Dan Howard

Growing up in the central valley, Dan moved to the Chicago area for 10 years and found himself moving back to the place he has loved since 2002. He has been a pastor here and elsewhere for over 35 years. Currently, Dan serves as the senior pastor (interim) at Community Bible Church in beautiful Waterford.

Dan has a master's degree and is working on his dissertation for a doctorate (Golden Gate Seminary and Phoenix Seminary). He has worked in various roles in ministry over the years including stents in this area pastoring at Crosspoint Church, Big Valley Grace Church, and Redeemer Church. He has also taught in public and private schools for a few years. He has always had a huge heart and burden for youth in this area.

Dan's passion is to see people discover how deeply God loves them and how each person, created in the image of God, has a valuable purpose on this earth. He loves the central valley with all its issues, problems, and complications due to the people. This area is a mix of ethnic and cultural diversity but with a commonality of love and care. People in this area really care deeply for one another and for our community.

He has been married for almost 33 years to the love of his life Trish and is a dad to two beautiful adult children Kayla (working at Arizona Christian University) and Danyelle (married and working at Grand Canyon University).

Why did you choose to be a LSC Community Advisory Committee member?

I love the movement that started with Love Modesto and turned into a force to be reckoned with in kingdom impact all over this area. It is such a great way to let people know they are notice, that they matter, and that God loves them deeply.

What do you love most about LSC?

To come to the community, the way Jesus did, with a servant heart and a towel draped over your arm is such a great thing when most people see Christians as in it for their own agenda.

What do you love most about living in Stanislaus County?

The people. I’ve lived in a couple great places but my heart always returns to this part of the Central Valley. People here really care about one another, about their community, and about making things better. I call them, “salt of the earth type of people” and they are the type that go above and beyond when they see the need.

In what ways do you participate in the community?

I am involved in a couple of faith based advisory teams, I stay connected to pastors in the area, many I have known for years and who are asking the right questions. I have a network of relationships of people I consider friends who are making circles of significant impact in their particular areas of calling.