Dan Bickel is the District Superintendent of the Wisconsin District of the Wesleyan Church. He has held this position for fifteen years, and his job varies depending on necessity and time of year. He oversees pastors on administrative and pastoral sides. Bickel is active on committees involving decision-making, ministerial development and a partnership with Global Partners. Over the last fifteen years, he has worked side by side with Global Partners to form the Wesleyan Church in Nicaragua.
“I reach back to Indiana Wesleyan and consider it as a piece in both my personal and my ministerial and educational development,” said Bickel. A year before attending IWU, he felt clearly, that he was to become involved in some type of vocational ministry. Although knowing his call before hand, he says a number of professors helped confirm this call.
His time at IWU revolved around art, athletics and the ministry program; which allowed Bickel to have mentors in every department. He remembers specifically benefitting from the wisdom of Wilbur and Ardelia Williams and the basketball coaches. “There were a number of key people that I was very much in touch with throughout those years that impacted my development,” he stated.
Bickel will be a delegate at General Conference and participate in decision-making. The Wisconsin District, this year, has forwarded a memorial regarding urban missional churches.
Written by Emily Lehner, a writer for the Alumni Center and a sophomore Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at www.emilylehner.wordpress.com.