by Pastor Tim Dean
I was blessed to grow up in a strong Christian home in South Dakota. I accepted Christ to be my personal Savior at a children’s Bible camp as a young person. After high school graduation, I attended the University of South Dakota where I graduated with a business degree. In preparation for the CPA examination, I promised the Lord I would give my CPA license back to Him if He ever asked me to.
I married my wife, Nancy in 1980. Nancy also was blessed to have grown up in a strong Christian home. We moved to Winner, SD to open a CPA business. The Lord gave us three children, Heather, Caleb, and Hannah during our early years in Winner. Nancy and I served the local church in Winner in many capacities. Our family was blessed with the addition of Bryan, Heather’s husband and thereafter, Kyla, our first grandchild.
Our business in Winner grew slowly but steadily over a 25 year span. In February 2005, the Lord spoke clearly to me during a Sunday morning worship time. He reminded me of my promise to Him many years prior. God was asking me to sell all and prepare for pastoral ministry. Nancy and I began to pray, seek counsel, and take steps toward this life change. I enrolled in and completed the pastoral ministry program of the Christian and Missionary Alliance church and subsequently was ordained with the C&MA.
We responded to the call to pastor Redwood Alliance Church in August 2007. We love it here and we love the people God has called us to serve.