Daniel Benedict lives in Woodbridge VA. He is a clergy member of the California Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and is officially retired, though he remains active in teaching, consulting and writing in the areas of worship and liturgical spirituality.
For many years he served as a local church pastor in New York and California. From 1993 to 2005 Dan served as Worship Resources Director in the Center for Worship Resourcing for The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.
Dan’s ongoing interests are ordering the life of the congregation around the means of grace, crafting liturgy, and the work of presiding and assisting in worship. He has a strong sense of vocation to encourage and lead clergy and congregations to richer and more frequent celebration of the Eucharist as normative Christian worship.
He is a brother in the Order of Saint Luke and served as abbot of the Order from 2008-2016. The Order of Saint Luke is a dispersed community of men and women, lay and clergy, committed to sacramental and liturgical study, scholarship and practice.
He is author of two books, Come to the Waters: Welcoming Seekers and Making Disciples and Patterned by Grace: How Liturgy Shapes Us
He is married to Mary O, father of two grown children and grandfather to six boys and four girls. In addition to loving worship as a professional pursuit, he is passionate about living sustainably on the planet, gardening, and reading poetry.