Dan Wilburn Founding Pastor, Teaching Elder
Dan grew up in Kansas City. He was raised in the Southern Baptist church. His Christian ministry formation
took place in the parachurch ministry, YoungLife. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a
degree in Personnel Administration (Organizational Psychology). After working in the marketplace
throughout his 20’s he married Laurie and moved to California to complete his Master of Divinity (MDiv
’93) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. They moved back to Lee’s Summit and started Lakeland
Community Church. Dan was ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination (EPC ‘95). In
2010 he left the EPC over partisanship and moved his ordination to The Associated Ministerial Order
Dan is founding and Senior Pastor at Lakeland. He is charged with making disciples and envisioning the
church. Therefore, he leads contemplative retreats; taking retreatants through a multi-year program of
spiritual transformation learning how to listen to the voice of the Creator God, fall at the feet of Jesus
the Redeemer, abiding in the Spirit of God. He preaches at adult Sunday services the minority of the time
(some 22 weeks per year), teaches classes, and formational experiences. Dan provides spiritual direction. Also,
he is an Oblate of Conception Abbey (O.S.B.)
Currently, Dan is pursuing his doctorate (Doctorate of Ministry) at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois
(Chicago area). His Thesis focuses on transformation of people through the adaptation and application
of the desert tradition (Early Christianity) and religious orders within the local Protestant evangelical
Favorite Church memory: Baptizing the very first Lakelanders in a lake back in 1996.
Overall favorite life memory: watching Laurie nod “yes” when I asked her to marry me over 26 years ago.
Guitar, art classes at KC Art Institute, Minecraft, flyfishing, home remodeling and construction projects,
and doing homework for doctorate (just kidding on that last one).