I grew up in a Christian family of six in northeast South Dakota. I made my first commitment to follow Christ and experienced assurance of His love and forgiveness at a children’s Bible Camp. 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 Nancy in 1980 in Pierre, SD. She also experienced life in a Christian family and she also received Christ into her life at a young age. In 1981, 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. Our local church provided opportunities for us to serve and to grow as Christians. Our family is now blessed with the addition of Bryan, Heather’s husband and four grandchildren: Kyla, Kamryn, Kiahna and Carson. In the summer of 2015, Diane joined our family through marriage to our son Caleb.
While in Winner, our business 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 the business 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 answered 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.
Pastor Tim Dean