In the first of what I hope will be a new series here at Ten Years Young, I’m pleased to present an interview with Dan Herod, Youth Alive director for the Wisconsin & Northern Michigan district of the Assemblies of God. I’d like to thank Dan for taking time out of his schedule to share with me and all of you who are reading.

Tell us who you are, and a little bit about yourself.

My name is Dan Herod and I am the Youth Alive Director for Wisconsin and Northern Michigan. For over twelve years I have dedicated my life to helping students discover the Gospel personally and share it liberally; five of those years have been dedicated to Youth Alive. I am happily married to my amazing wife of 13 years, Marlena, and we have three great kids. When I am not directing Youth Alive you will find me with my family, exercising, serving on my local volunteer fire department, and doing the things that bring me life.

What motivates you?
Seeing God do big things and doing life with others.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Joe and Laurie Gordon. They are missionaries who embody the discipleship ethos that I want to see more of in my life.

What is the biggest challenge you face?

Getting out of my own way and keeping God in my way.

What is the toughest lesson you’ve learned?

Life is not fair, so it is actually unfair to myself to expect life to be fair. Instead of worshipping at the altar of my limited understanding, I choose to make a daily effort to trust God with all of my heart. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Looking back over your education and career, if you had it to do over again, what, if anything, would you change or do differently?

I wouldn’t change a thing. I am grateful for God’s faithfulness in every decision I have ever made. Even if I missed His specific will in a decision, He remains faithful to accomplish His plan through me.

What do you find most rewarding about your ministry?

Seeing lives changed. No one does that better than God. It is fuel for my fire.

How do you maintain work/life balance?

Balance is a myth. Typically, when people say they want balance in their life, they really want to be more comfortable. I have learned that my comfort level in life and my effectiveness in life are not the same thing. There are times when they are diametrically opposed to one another! Instead of striving for balance, I endeavor to be faithful in every season. Some seasons require more of my time and other seasons allow me to rest more. My goal is to remain healthy in every area of my life, and have a good time along the way.

Is there anything you’ve done in your ministry career that you’ll never do again?

It is far too easy to compare my “blooper reel” to the seemingly perfect “highlight reels” of other ministry leaders. I am done worrying about how I stack up against others. I now focus on being faithful in every area of my life and trust God to assess my efforts accurately.

For the last question, I want to open it up to you to say whatever you’d like to say to the readers.

Keep it simple. Love God with every part of who you are, and hold nothing back. Love others the way you want them to love you. If you do these two things, you are going to be all right.