Daniel VanValkenburg

RD:  Mabee Hall, Pennsylvania Hall, & Societies

 
I spent much of my early childhood an hour from civilization in the mountains of northern California. In my early years, we lived in a 100-year-old cabin, which measured about 8’ by 12’.  My mom slept on a cot, and we had a wood stove to keep warm. We were very poor for American standards, but through the years I experienced incredible providence as we moved all over the U.S. and eventually into a comfortable home in Bay City, Texas.
 
I love spending off-time seeking outdoor adventure. Some of my favorite excursions include climbing a volcano in Guatemala to witness volatile lava, canopying in a jungle, rappelling, spelunking, tubing through caves, snorkeling, sky diving, sand dune surfing... and there’s nothing like the simplicity of hiking. To date, I’ve logged over 500 sailing hours on the ocean. During summer breaks, I’ve made a habit of taking students and alumni to the Bahamas where I captain a sailboat that we live on by ourselves for one week. We spear fish, eat raw conch, snorkel, and explore uninhabited islands with secluded white sand beaches. 
 
I am passionate about college ministry and music. I’ve been leading worship for over 10 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from LeTourneau University, three years experience working in Student Activities, and I have been a Resident Director since 2009. Two of those years were also paired with chapel ministry. As God intimately pursues students, I am passionate about walking through life with them and having an opportunity to be a part of the very big plans He has for them during their college years.
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