Welcome, Dan Stockum!

 

We are happy to welcome Dan Stockum to our BCC staff as Pastor of Young Adults who starts April 25. Dan’s experiences as youth minister, camp pastor, college minister, and his current job as a campus minister at Georgia Tech, puts him in an excellent position to take the helm of the YoPros and College ministries.

Dan married his college sweetheart, Beth, in June of 2007. They welcomed their first child, Kaden, in February of 2013 and are expecting baby #2 at the end of June. Other than hanging out with Beth and Kaden, Dan enjoys everything related to college football, cooking, eating, traveling, and anything outdoors.

To get Dan’s thoughts on his move to the Bay Area and his new assignment, we asked him a few questions:

 

What excites you about this job opportunity?

Dan: Everything! Working with these age groups, being a part of this church, living in this area, and impacting this region with the hope of Christ. These age groups are in the stages where the rest of their lives are finding direction and development. To catch a vision of Christ and His plan for life at this point is a huge blessing, and for me to be one of the influences helping students and YoPros embrace that purpose is a humbling privilege.

 

What are you looking to do in the Young Adult and College ministries?

Dan: Build upon already amazing groups of people with a focus on community and developing a passion for Christ. These groups have the potential to launch into colleges and the workplace with the light of Jesus.

 

When you think of Silicon Valley, what thoughts and images come to mind?

Dan: AMAZING food, weather (the prospect of a 60 degree day in July is very appealing coming from Atlanta!), and geography but with a culture that is largely void of Jesus. Of course, this is the computer capital of the world and the birthplace of serious innovation. With that probably comes an over focus on career and the opportunity to highlight a better foundation for fulfillment.

 

What do you think will be the biggest adjustment?

Dan: Wow! It’s all going to be pretty big! We have another child due in June and the arrival of our first son was the biggest adjustment in our lives so far. So son #2 might be the first earthquake we experience out here! Moving away from an incredible support system of friends and family is daunting (to say the least!) but at the same time, God has assured us over and over this is His plan and to trust Him. We have a deep and tangible sense of peace for God’s will in this transition.