Hello! My name is Daniel Skelton, and I am a recent Master of Divinity graduate from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. While at Garrett-ETS, I worked as the sound technician for Chapel services, interned at a church plant in the southside of Chicago, interned at Rush University Medical Center as a Chaplain, and obtained a concentration in Congregational Leadership and Evangelism. Prior to attending Garrett-ETS, I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. While at Augustana, alongside graduating with a double major in Religion and Sociology, I was extremely involved in music: I played in the Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, and Percussion Ensemble as a percussionist, as well as playing at several churches in the area. My love for music stems all the way back to the third grade when I received my first drum. (I remember that year distinctly, because that was the year that all my siblings received noise-cancelling headphones for Christmas!)
Speaking of my family, I grew up in Colona, IL which is a “suburb” of the Quad Cities, sandwiched between farmland and city luxuries. After retiring as a licensed pharmacy technician, my mother now works at an elementary school as a cafeteria worker. My father works at Augustana College as a facilities manager. I have three older siblings: Michael (married to Terri) lives in Moline, IL, and works at Heritage Landscape and Design, Karin (married to David) lives in Raleigh, NC, and works as a TSA Officer at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Thomas lives in Colona, IL, and works for Tri-City Electric as an audio engineer. I have two nephews, Kohen (8) and Daltyn (8), and two nieces, Ayveri (5) and Kinley (4). Family is important to me. I would not be where I am today if it was not for their support, love, and unforgettable memories.
Aside from playing drums and spending time with my family, I enjoy taking hikes and reading with my significant other of three years, Emily, who is a year away from getting her Masters of Nursing Degree. Growing up, I played baseball from age 5 until High School, so playing catch or hitting the ball around is always a great past time for me. I enjoy being outside, reading, taking bike rides, and having a good time. If there is one thing that I have learned throughout my life, it is this: “We do not master a method; instead we cultivate life-giving habits that will serve us now and in the future.”
From the Gospel of Matthew, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). God will go before you, walk beside you, and stand behind you. God is with us yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And God is especially with all of us on this journey we call life!
Daniel G. Skelton