Aloha! My name is Dan Stringer and I am a 32-year-old Chinese-Anglo evangelical Christian who values thoughtful questions more than easy answers. I’m (almost) always up for a good conversation to learn from perspectives different from my own. This blog attempts to reflect on the convergence of theology, culture and the local church from my vantage point within the landscape of 21st century evangelicalism.
Born and (partly) raised in Hawaii, I grew up as a TCK in 5 countries across 3 continents as the child of medical missionaries. After completing my undergraduate studies in communication and spiritual formation at Wheaton College, I married the fabulous Rebecca in 2003 and together we welcomed the arrivals of Theo (2007) and Vincent (2009). After a 6-month battle with a rare form of liver cancer, Vincent died in November 2010 at the age of 18 months. To learn more about our family’s journey through the grieving process, you can visit Rebecca’s blog and Vincent’s CaringBridge page.
In 2011, I completed a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Hawaii with a concentration in mental health. I began the program seeking to integrate my faith with tools for justice advocacy, but events along the way uncovered and amplified a call toward my true passion: pastoral ministry within the local church. To that end, I began pursuing a Master of Divinity part-time through Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2012, after 7 years in non-profit and government social service agencies, I began serving as Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries at Kailua Community Church. Our third son, Andre was born in November 2012.
Let it also be known that I enjoy eating cold Jell-O, preferably green.
Blog disclaimer: This is my personal blog. The views and ideas expressed here are solely my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employers, affiliations, friends, family or the totality of the Christian faith.