Pastor Dan was born in Cleveland, Ohio where his dad, Marty, served as principal and teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School. They later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Seward, Nebraska where he graduated from High School. Dan remained in Seward where he attended Concordia College, graduating with a B.S. in Education. He then went on to Concordia Seminary and earned a Masters of Divinity Degree.
After serving congregations in Norfolk, Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, as well as serving churches in Racine, Wisconsin, Hutchinson, Minnesota and Ann Arbor, Michigan - Pastor Dan accepted God’s Call to pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Osceola, Nebraska.
Pastor Dan is married to Marji (Reppenhagen) Cloeter. They met in college and married after graduation in 1974. They have been blessed with four children: Amy, Allison, Paul and Annaliese. Through Amy and her husband, Scott Schmidt, they have a grandson, Gabe. Through Alli, they have three grandchildren: Bennett, Clare and Drew. Annaliese is married to their son-in-law, Alex Ward.
Pastor Dan and Marji are also responsible for a Missions Ministry called “Reaching the Unreached – India.” They raise support for 14 evangelists who work among the Banjara, a gypsy tribe in India. Each January they travel to India to train the evangelists and disciples there and to inspect the work the men and their wives are doing.
Pastor Dan has written Bible Studies and Worship Resources for Concordia Publishing House and has been a contributing writer for “Portals of Prayer,” a daily devotional guide. He has been a District Vice President in the LCMS and District Pastoral Counselor for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. He has been part of the LCMC since 2005.
Besides spending time with his best friend, Marji, Pastor Dan enjoys staying active. He ran in two Olympic Trials in the Marathon, won the first Chicago marathon and is a two time Lincoln Marathon champion. Now he rides bike, plays golf, loves playing games, seeing his grand-kids, and studying history.
Pastor Dan believes God has called him to disciple God’s people in keeping with the Lord’s Great Commission. He’s committed to a ministry of teaching and proclaiming the Word and will of God with a clear emphasis on the Gospel of Jesus. His heart is to always reflect the love and compassion of Christ in his ministry. One of his favorite verses is “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. It is the power of God to salvation to all who believe.” Romans 1:16