The Rev. Dan Schroeder hails originally from southwest Indiana (Posey County). His undergraduate work was in music education and he taught choral and general music for one year before acting on a call to ordained ministry and entering Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri. He was ordained in 1981, and over a period of thirty years, Pastor Dan has served congregations in Westphalia and Evansville, Indiana, and in Granby, Connecticut. Pastor Dan received specialized training from the National Interim Ministry Network, which equips gifted pastors for the unique tasks of helping a congregation through a pastoral transition. Using his training in interim ministry, Pastor Dan has served on the staff of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC), resourcing many congregations in New Jersey.
Most recently Pastor Dan served as full-time interim pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover, New Jersey. This interim ministry followed over thirty years of pastoral leadership at Trinity by Pastor Cheryl Johnson. Members of Trinity have expressed deep appreciation for the pastoral care and leadership of Pastor Dan, which recently culminated in their calling of a new pastor.
Pastor Dan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, with his wife Jennifer, who teaches music in the Dover school system. Their family includes two sons, a daughter in law, two grandchildren (and a third due any day), and assorted pets. Dan relaxes with classical music, a wood shop, and his primary hobby – the restoration of antique pendulum clocks.
Pastor Schroeder is a life-long member and Pastor in the United Church of Christ (UCC). The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been in a “Full Communion” relationship with Reformed Churches for over 20 years. This ecumenical relationship includes “altar and pulpit fellowship” with Presbyterians, The Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ. This was the first such ecumenical agreement between churches since the Reformation, and is truly a historic milestone in the life of the church.
“Full Communion” recognizes the validity of each church body’s ministries of Word and Sacrament, and officially acknowledges that members of Lutheran and Reformed churches are openly welcome at each other’s celebrations of Holy Communion. The agreement also allows Pastors in these denominations to serve as pastors in the congregations of the other church bodies. Lutheran Pastors in New Jersey have served Presbyterian, UCC and Reformed congregations since the late 1990s, and the pastors in the Reformed tradition have served Lutheran churches here as well. This pastoral sharing is done under specific guidelines that assure that congregations will maintain their identity, worship life, and theological integrity while being served by pastors from these other church bodies.
Since the first historic “Full Communion” agreement, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has entered into similar relationship with the Episcopal Church, The United Methodist Church, and the Moravian Church. The whole church of Christ has been blessed by our ability to share the gifts and service of clergy called to special ministries in the Body of Christ.