Our Pastor

Rev. Daniel Warner grew up in rural Iowa and attended Lutheran grade school from preschool through 8th grade. Pastor Warner has always had a passion for faith conversations from the simplest of Jesus encounters to the deepest of theological discussions. After serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and working as a consultant/systems administrator for a national real estate company for several years, he finished up his undergraduate degree in Family Life Education through Concordia University-St. Paul, and in 2013 enrolled in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. During his time of study and formation, he served a small fieldwork congregation in a rural Illinois community, was exposed to ministries in larger urban contexts such as New York City, and worked as a chaplain student in a fulltime assisted living facility and with a local prison ministry. 


Pastor Warner fell in love with the mountains during his vicarage year in Colorado Springs and was blessed to be called to Arizona's White Mountains. He was ordained and installed at Shepherd of the Mountains in the summer of 2018. Shortly after, he married his wife, Rachel, whom he met while at seminary. Rachel is a licensed architect who has been employed for the past few years by an Arizona firm working on various projects throughout the United States. Pastor and Rachel enjoy hiking, trips to new places together, long drives, fiber arts (knitting mostly), and the occasional Netflix binge. Recently, they celebrated the birth of their first child, Elijah.