Pastor Dan Stone – Returns to his hometown roots in Hermantown, MN
Hermantown, MN September 1, 2019 - Hermantown Community Church welcomes Associate Pastor Dan Stone. Pastor Dan Stone returns to his roots in Hermantown and into the open arms of both his childhood church congregation and extended family on September 1 after a long and successful career in national ministry leadership roles. Most recently Pastor Dan served as lead pastor at Central Flora-Bama, the congregation who infamously turns the iconic American bar Flora-Bama into a meeting place for over 1,200 people on the average Sunday and over 6,000 on Easter. People literally come from all over the world to attend church at Flora-Bama, the multi-level roadhouse in Perdido Key, Florida, just outside Pensacola. They even do baptisms in the Gulf of Mexico. When asked about his experience leading Central Flora-Bama Pastor Dan says, ‘“We are unbelievably intentional about making sure our saying, ‘It’s okay to not be okay,’ is not just something we say, but it’s how every person feels when they walk in,” Stone said. “We often hear ‘I was going to give up on church, but you guys were at the bar and I figured I could come just as I am.’” Pastor Dan and his wife, Lindsi, relocated to the beach from Central Church in Las Vegas. Central Christian Church, located in the heart of Las Vegas, focuses on reaching people in a nontraditional way. “We knew we wanted to always be a part of something,” Pastor Dan said. “My whole life since I became a Christ follower, I wanted to be part of something that really rescued people. I wouldn’t have said that moving to Sin City or moving to pastor a church in a bar was part of that, but in unlikely places we reach unlikely people.” Hermantown Community Church is excited to welcome Pastor Dan back to MN and looks forward to his leadership. Hermantown Community Church was founded in 1991 by twelve local families and is led by Senior Pastor Thor Sorenson. Pastor Thor grew up in Duluth’s Central Hillside District, an area U.S. News & World Report (October 17, 1994) named that district the “fifth worst white slum in America”. Pastor Thor details his experience growing up on the hillside and how he was led into ministry in his book, The Hillside Story. The Hermantown Community Church building spans over 24,000 square feet and sits on 18 acres adjacent to Stebner Park on Maple Grove Road in Hermantown. The campus is home to a large church congregation, a childcare center and preschool, as well as a gymnasium and multiple athletic facilities. For more information contact Hermantown Community Church at email@example.com or hear Pastor Dan Stone speak during our Sunday service at 10:00am on September 15.