Dr. Dan Wilkinson returned to Michigan with his wife, Denise, and their children, Kari and Ryan, to be pastor of First Baptist Church in September, 1996. Previously, he had served as a pastor in Virginia for ten years. But Pastor Dan and Denise had always hoped and prayed for the opportunity to return to their home state to lead a church in fulfilling God’s Great Commission of making disciples for Jesus.
Denise is a great help meet for Pastor Dan as she serves as the Worship Leader at First Baptist Church. She is the music teacher at an elementary school in the neighboring Grand Ledge School district.
They both received their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Michigan University, where they met through the Baptist Student Union (now Christian Challenge).
Pastor Dan received his M. Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. And his D. Min. is from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.