Dan is a life-long Puget Sound resident though most of his formative years were spent in Stanwood. While not in school, he was active as a farm-hand at various dairies, involved in community theater, music and the outdoors.
After graduation (inspired by older brothers who were drummers too) Dan moved to Seattle in 1983 to make a go in the music business. After receiving training in mechanical design from his father, he held various positions (from draftsman to design engineer, to self-employed consultant) during the day, while playing music at night. By the later ’80s, it was evident that only moderate, local success was in store. Aimlessness and drug addiction followed.
After beginning recovery, Dan met Brenda and they soon began life together with a fresh start back in Snohomish County as Dan and his father launched a new consulting firm in 1991 and Brenda gave birth to their first child, Kellie in 1992.
A flyer for a local church that welcomed skeptical questions about Christianity caught the young family’s attention and they began attending. God was faithful to bring healing for old wounds surrounding “the church” for both Dan and Brenda and they became active volunteers, Dan beginning for the first time in his life: true discipleship.
After a change in ministry vision at this church, the Hazens felt called to be part of a church plant that continued a focus on skeptical church “outsiders”. So, in 1995 they joined the 13 others who comprised the beginning of Allen Creek Community Church.
Dan and his father decided to close their business in 1997 so that his father could retire and Dan could begin pursuing full-time ministry with AC3. The next 3 years saw a slow transition into becoming AC3’s Small Group Coordinator, the birth of their second child, Robyn, and a permanent home for the small but growing church.
By 2008, it was discerned that AC3 should call Dan as Executive Pastor. In 2009 he began correspondence training through the Bible Extension Institute of the Evangelical Church Alliance. He was licensed in 2011 and ordained in 2014.
In 2013 Dan became a Companion of the Northumbria Community (a U.K. based new-monastic community) and in 2015 became part of a chaplain team serving with and for the Marysville Police and Fire Departments.
Currently, he lives in intentional community with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and mother-in-law, enjoys applying permaculture principles to his suburban garden, hiking and still playing the drums.