Dan Poole

Assistant Professor of Ministry Formation

Biographical Sketch:

I was born in Indiana and grew up attending the Wabash Church of the Brethren. After serving for 18 years in congregational ministry, first at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren as Associate Pastor and then at the Covington Church of the Brethren in Southern Ohio for 13 of those years, I was called to serve at Bethany. I served as the Coordinator for Ministry Formation beginning in August of 2007 through 2017, served a one-year appointment as the Visiting Instructor for Ministry Formation in 2017-18. I was then called to be the Assistant Professor of Ministry Formation in spring of 2018.

My spouse Kelli and I have one adult son, Kevin. I enjoy reading, especially mystery novels and computer periodicals. My extracurricular activities include evening walks with my wife and playing golf.


  • Columbia Theological Seminary, DMin, 2018
  • Bethany Theological Seminary, MDiv, 1991
  • Manchester College, BS, 1988

Recent Honors:

  • Church-University Service Award, Manchester University, July 2019

Courses Recently Taught:

  • F110: Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry
  • F200: Ministry Formation Elective
  • F301: Ministry Formation
  • M355: A Place of Refuge: Ministry in an Urban Context (a contextual immersion experience)
  • M263: Where Ministry Meets Technology

Recent Publications:


  • “My Passion for Teaching” Wonder and Word, 2019.
  • “Pietism’s Influence on Brethren Development.” Brethren Life and Thought, 62, no.1 (Spring 2017): 80 -93.
  • “Ministry Formation: Incarnational Education in Practice” Wonder and Word, 2011.

Websites of Interest:

For a complete Curriculum Vitae, click here.

Dan Poole