Dana’s Early Years: Dana was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 21st and baptized at Mt. Zion Lutheran by Dr. William Nies, DD on April 10th 1959. He was confinned at Mt. Calvary Lutheran by Rev. Edwin J. Rossow, MDiv and it was during this instruction that he first felt the strong desire to become a pastor. Dana began his college education at FeITis State College -Big Rapids, Michigan and after his parents moved to Florida, he concluded his undergraduate studies at Univ. South Florida-Tampa, Florida and the Univ. Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
Seminary: Dana received his theological training from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where Dana also toured with the Concordia Seminary choir and played on the Preacher’s baseball team. He served his vicarage year at Immanuel Lutheran in Spirit Lake, Iowa under the supervision of the Rev. Phill Andreasen. He received his Masters of Divinity degree on May 17, 1996.
Post-Seminary: On June 23, 1996, Dana was ordained and installed into his first call into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Peace Lutheran -Sunrise Beach, Missouri. He has served four additional congregations including; Our Savior Lutheran -Platte City, Missouri/ Concordia Lutheran -Sarasota, Florida / Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School -Sarasota, Florida and at his present congregation, Faith Lutheran -Punta Gorda, Florida since November 4th 2009.
Family: Dana is blessed with a wonderful helpmate, Susan Morrison Narring who sings with him on the Praise Team and also assists with our weekend Facebook Live production and with the evening LWML Bible Study Group. Dana has one son, Kyle who lives in Sarasota, Florida. His wife has one daughter (Alexandria -born to Susan and her late husband, Craig) who resides at home.
Our Interests: Pastor Narring’s hobbies include maintaining their home landscaping, playing the acoustic guitar, assisting the local/district/council and national Scout effort, spending time golfing, and he will be taking an online graduate course this fall from Concordia Wisconsin. Susan works full-time as a Certified Paralegal, is an avid reader, and enjoys crocheting. They both enjoy traveling (in 2019 they sponsored a trip to the Holy Land), discovering new places of interest/restaurants, and connecting with their family and friends in Sarasota and Punta Gorda. They also share an interest in supporting the LWML, Lutheran Women in Mission, Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries – Sanford, Florida, and the amazing gospel music ministry of The Sound.
Right Now: We’ve been blessed over the past 10 years to be able to serve the Lord at Faith Lutheran Church in Punta Gorda. We’re glad to be a part of this congregation that continues to be blessed by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We thank God for His people in this place – they are such a blessing to us and our community! Pastor Narring also rejoices to be part of the Florida/Georgia District, where he continues to find additional opportunities for service and personal growth.