Dan entered the ministry in January, 1974, as a missionary to Atlanta, sent by the Forrest Hills Baptist Church. He shortly thereafter served as a teacher and coach in the Christian School, and as Youth Pastor from 1976-1980. The Youth Group grew from 100 to 1,000 in that time, but Dan’s desire to pastor led him to the First Baptist Church of Lowell, Indiana in the summer of 1981, and then to Cottondale Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1989.
A growing sense of calling regarding the unchurched led Dan to resign from the pastorate in 2002 to launch “Church for Skeptics”, a ministry of apologetics built around a television program with the same name. The program has aired for five years, and has given Dan the opportunity to teach around the world, including the United Nations in Vienna and the Institute for Science in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The ministry dream of Dan is to develop “Dan Arsenault Ministries, Int’l.” into a full-time supporting ministry, and to in addition to the TV program and the missions trips, build a ministry to Christian Schools and churches of training believers how to present and defend the Christian faith. Dan will be teaching in Norway this summer, and hopefully will finish his master’s degree in Apologetics this year at Birmingham Theological Seminary. Dan has five grown children and eleven grandchildren, and he and his wife of thirty-three years, Jamie, still live in Tuscaloosa.
Favorite ministry moment: When in Romania a few years ago, Dan preached in a town called Vasilui, near the Russian border, in the old communist meeting hall. Unknown to him, the local customs official was invited and attended the meeting. Dan spoke on the most hated person in Israel, Zacchaeus, the customs agent for the Romans. That night, the local customs agent came to Christ.
Dan was born in Boston, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving day in 1950. At the age of five, his father died and Dan and his Mother moved to Atlanta, GA where he grew up, graduating valedictorian from Berkmar High School in 1968. His undergraduate degree is in history and political science, and as an atheist, Dan had dropped out of church as a teen. But while pursuing his masters degree in philosophy at Vanderbilt, Dan began researching and reading the Bible, and faced with the Trilemma described by C.S. Lewis, Dan became a believer on September 5, 1972.
History & Political Science, B.A.
Philosophy, M.A., Vanderbilt University
Apologetics, M.A., Birmingham Theological Seminary (currently pursuing)