An Interview with CCU’s New Campus Minister / Dean of Men

Ordinary People Bold Lives

Volume 6 | Issue 2 | Summer 2010

An Interview with CCU’s New Campus Minister / Dean of Men


Interview with Dan Burton

CCU 514: From 1995 to 2002, you served as a missionary in Ethiopia. What did you learn in Ethiopia that has prepared you for working here at CCU?

Dan: I guess I’d focus on two things: One is that I can never meet the needs of people around me. Only God can. No matter how much I try to do, the needs will always be greater than my capacity to meet them. That sends me to my knees, humbles me, and keeps the focus on God. The other thing is that God IS enough. God is enough for the poor widow in rural Ethiopia, and He is enough for the discouraged student at CCU. God is enough.

CCU 514: Is coming to CCU a BOLD experience for you?

Dan: I would say yes with a focus on the “L” in BOLD: “Life-changing.” One of the biggest reasons I’ve returned to CCU is the fact that students are making many different life-changing decisions during their time here. In the past few months I’ve heard from two students whom I ministered to over 20 years ago, and they both cited how campus ministry changed the trajectory of their lives for the better. I believe CCU is a GREAT place to make life-changing decisions, and I hope to help students in that process.

CCU 514: Describe a BOLD decision that you’ve made.

Dan: One that sticks out to me was when I chose to not interview for jobs during my senior year at Michigan State University. My campus minister, Dean Trune, challenged me to serve God for one year before I got a “real” job. That decision some 24 years ago led me into a lifetime of ministry.

CCU 514: In your role as campus minister, what do you see as the greatest challenge lying ahead in the next 12 months?

Dan: No doubt, the greatest challenge facing me is to implement the new Spiritual Development Plan. The goal is to carry out this plan with grace-filled resolve, and I firmly believe in these goals.

CCU 514: What action steps can CCU alumni take to support your goals in campus ministry?

Dan: Let people know what is happening at CCU. The faculty and staff here are working hard to produce biblically thinking and acting students who will be future leaders in our churches. The Spiritual Development Plan we will be implementing this fall is a part of that, and I would be happy to talk to any alumnus more about it.

CCU 514: After working in campus ministry at Lake Superior State University and University Christian Church, you are now returning to campus ministry as a husband of 20 years and father of three sons. How do these life experiences impact your new job at CCU?

Dan: Now at 45 years of age, I think I have other things to offer. I’m no longer cool or hip (as if I ever had been), but I do understand even better the consequences and benefits of differen t decision s that are made during the university years. Another change is that I’ve lived overseas for a number of years and have a broader view of God and His work in the world than I did when I was younger.

CCU 514: What have you read that has changed the way you live your life?

Dan: The class that changed the way I live my life was the Doctrine of Grace taught by Dr. Jack Cottrell. Since I am a slow learner, I’d say that besides the Bible, Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace is the book that continued to help me process this life-changing concept of grace.

CCU 514: What Bible verse has had a big impact on your life?

Dan: Micah 6:8, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Dan Burton continues to serve on the preaching team at LifeSpring Christian University.