Dan Wilburn  Founding Pastor



Dan grew up in Kansas City. He was raised in the Southern Baptist church. His Christian ministry formation took place in the parachurch ministry, YoungLife. Dan graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Personnel Administration (Organizational Psychology). After working in the marketplace, he married Laurie and moved to California to complete a Master of Divinity (MDiv ’93) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. They moved back to Lee’s Summit and started Lakeland Community Church. Dan was ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination (EPC ‘95). In 2010, he left the EPC over partisanship and moved his ordination to The Associated Ministerial Order (AMO).

Dan is the founding and Senior Pastor at Lakeland. He is charged with making disciples and envisioning the church. Therefore, he leads contemplative retreats; taking retreatants through a multi-year program of spiritual transformation learning how to listen to the voice of the Creator God, fall at the feet of Jesus the Redeemer, abide in the Spirit of God. He preaches at adult Sunday services the minority of the time (some 22 weeks per year), teaches classes, and formational experiences. He provides spiritual direction. Also, Dan is an Oblate (novitiate) of Conception Abbey (O.S.B.) Currently, Dan is pursuing his doctorate (Doctorate of Ministry) at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois (Chicago area). His Thesis focuses on transformation of people through the adaptation and application of the desert tradition (Early Christianity) and religious orders within the local Protestant evangelical church.

Personal Memory

Watching Laurie nod “yes” when I asked her to marry me over 26 years ago.
Baptizing the very first Lakelanders in a lake back in 1996.


Guitar, art classes at KC Art Institute, Minecraft, fly fishing, home remodeling and construction projects, and doing homework for doctorate (just kidding on that last one)