Dean is originally from Ohio and has been in the Denver, NC area since April 2017. He met his wife Cass at Taylor University (Indiana) where they both studied music. They have two sons: Ethan and Wes both living in North Carolina.
Dean received his Masters in Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and his Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Institute for Worship Studies, Jacksonville, FL, where he continues to serve as a teaching assistant.
Worship has been a primary area of ministry for over thirty years. For the past several years he has led the local church as an associate pastor using his gifts of leadership, shepherding, and administration. Dean brings to Westlake a passion to engage the local church in rehearsing and proclaiming and living out the Gospel of Jesus.
Dean and Cass are foodies exploring and enjoying great restaurants as well as cooking at home. He also enjoys running, reading and dabbling with most anything artful (painting, drawing and whatever craft project Cass conjures up).
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