MEET THE TEAM
REV. DANIEL R WETZEL
Rev. Wetzel and his wife Iris have been involved in pastoral ministry for more than 50 years. Before becoming a church consultant and interim pastor, Dan served as vice president for Church Ministries of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Prior to assuming that post in 2012, he served as the assistant vice president for Pastoral Development and Administration.
After fifteen years of C&MA ministry with Native Americans in Minnesota and the Dakotas, Dan and his wife, Iris, pastored Alliance churches in Glendive, Montana, and Evanston, Wyoming. In 1996 he was elected district superintendent for the denomination's Southwestern District. After eleven years as a district superintendent, they moved to the National Office of the C&MA in Colorado Springs in May 2006. Since leaving the National Office, Dan has been ministering as a church health consultant and a transitional pastor.
Dan made a profession of faith as a teenager before he began attending an Alliance church. But, it was within the Alliance that he experienced the filling of the Holy Spirit and God’s call to ministry. He graduated from high school in 1964, planning to study forestry at Pennsylvania State University. A year later, after yielding to God’s call, he transferred to Nyack Missionary College (now Nyack College) to prepare for service as an overseas missionary. Dan graduated with a B.S. in Bible and Missiology 1969. He finished studies at Jaffray School of Missions a year later, and received a master’s degree in cross-cultural communication from Alliance Theological Seminary in 1979. After several years in ministry, Dan enrolled in an intensive training program in theological education by extension at the Presbyterian Seminary in Guatemala. He returned to the U.S. to design and implement a TEE program for Native American churches. The program of study was soon expanded to meet the needs of the broader Alliance family. It is now part of the Office of Ministry Studies.
Dan and Iris have been married for 51 years. Iris also responded to God’s call to service while attending an Alliance church in the Adirondack region of New York State. She is a graduate of Nyack Missionary College and is a consecrated official worker in the C&MA. Iris has been active in mentoring women for vocational ministry service within the C&MA. The Wetzels have four adult children and seven grandchildren.
Hi, I am Vern Friesen. The Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin as a youngster. My faith is grounded in the fact that I can never be good enough to be justified to God. Only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross can I come into the presence of Almighty God, the creator of the heavens and the earth and all things in it. I am so often tempted with the stiffness of religion, which Jesus himself despised. He wants submission and a relationship. How fortunate we are to have his Holy Word from which we can receive guidance and through it I allow Him to speak to me.
I have been married to Carol for a few years now. She is a really special person to me and I am constantly amazed at how God continually provides for us in all kinds of ways. He has blessed us with 3 awesome kids and four granddaughters and two grandsons (who are pretty awesome too!). Farming is my career and I constantly thank God for the opportunity to work in the great outdoors. Sometimes I even get to play in it! I enjoy transportation (the two wheel style especially), fishing and just hanging out. The older I get I do the hanging out more and more.
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." - 3 John 4
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ at Bible camp when I was ten years old. It was important enough that I can still walk to the spot today, even though the buildings are no longer there. I find it amazing that the one God, who created the world, the entire universe with the spoken word, cared enough to form me in his image, give me free will, and knowing I would fail, provide a way back to relationship with him. Jesus Christ is the only way back to a relationship with God.
My desire for Wallace Community Church is to be a church that stands on the Word, and preaches Jesus Christ with no apologies. (For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10)
I grew up in the Wallace community, graduating from Wallace High School in 1986. I have been married to the love of my life, Sharla, since April 1995. We have three grown children. It is a blessing to share my life with this woman who loves God.