Pastor Daniel Viehland was appointed to serve as the Pastor of Townsend UMC in 2018. Pastor Daniel was born and raised in Tucson, AZ, he moved to Montana to attend the University of Montana in 2008. He fell in love with Montana at first sight, awed at the jagged peaks, the wide open spaces, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, and the warm and welcoming people. After graduating in 2012 with a bachelors in Political Science and Journalism he stayed in Montana, working in government and with non-profits and living in Helena, the Flathead Valley, and Missoula.
Pastor Daniel was raised attending a United Methodist Church, and even served as the head of his youth group. But despite that, while his faith was important to him, he didn’t engage deeply with it as consistently as he could have, with Bible study, prayer, and worship often being pushed aside by the demands of a busy college and post-college life. When he returned to Missoula with the intention of settling down permanently, he started attending church again. One day while driving home from church, Pastor Daniel found himself overwhelmed by the idea of grace; the idea that God’s care for us is unmerited, unlimited, and unconditional. He knew what John Wesley meant when he describing his own “new birth” experience at Aldersgate, said, “I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” This experience allowed him to finally understand and embrace his call to ordained ministry.
Pastor Daniel started at Wesley Theological Seminary in 2015, drawn by its reputation as a school that specializes in preparing people for ministry in the local church. He served in a local church, Bruen Chapel UMC, for a year. After that, he served for a year at the General Board of Church and Society where he was able to get a first hand look at how the parts of the United Methodist Church work outside of the local church. He was also able to get a greater sense of the global nature of the church, meeting United Methodists from all over the globe. While at Wesley, he also discovered a passion for evangelism, and envisioning new ways of “being the Church” in the 21st Century.
Pastor Daniel is so looking forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and learning about your passions as we continue on the long journey of making and becoming disciples of Christ.
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