Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People

Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones is a United Church of Christ pastor based in Silicon Valley. He’s a native of northern Minnesota, which is readily apparent in the way he pronounces “bagel” and insistence on calling carbonated beverages “pop.” He spent a considerable amount of time in Milwaukee and Chicago before a stint in Auckland, New Zealand, convinced him to never stray far from the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Describing himself as “a geek in the Midwest but clueless in Silicon Valley,” he has enough gadgets for the NSA to keep tabs on him but gets confounded by Snapchat ZIRX Pokemon Go. This combination keeps him employed in the ecumenical Protestant church in the United States — a fact that frustrates him enough to be a major subject on this blog.

Everyone’s famous on the Internet, but for those who want more: Daniel has studied communication, political science, theology, and nonprofit administration from such institutions as Carthage College, McCormick Theological Seminary, and San Francisco State University. He holds an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at Indiana University.

Daniel has served in local churches, middle judicatories, and faith-related organizational settings. (Not counting those times he worked in retail or as a package handler for a large, global delivery company. Which he doesn’t count, except for sermon fodder.) Occasionally maintaining biking, running, and fitness as disciplines, one can find him registering and training for a couple of 5k races each year to stay accountable — he even usually finishes them. Ultimately, this occasional discipline frees Daniel from any sense of guilt about eating donuts with abandon.

What’s with the name of this blog?

Minnesotans are nothing if not a predictable bunch. Every potluck (and there will be a potluck) will include some variation of green Jello and a number of hotdishes. If you see a green Jello hotdish, however, you probably don’t want to eat it. Same goes for lutefisk. Trust me on the lutefisk.

Anything else I should know?

It really should go without saying, but unfortunately it doesn’t: this blog is the personal space of Daniel Ross-Jones and does not reflect the opinions or positions of any organization with which he is, has been, or will be affiliated. If you want to be upset with anybody, be upset with him alone. You’ll get extra credit bonus Jesus church points if you email him to start a conversation about it.

Linkbacks are fantastic, but please don’t be a jerk and copy-and-paste things you might like here without attribution. That’s just mean. And unethical, even illegal. But really just mean.

Also, the Federal Trade Commission wants me to make this clear: as a blogger, Daniel may review and promote products or services, including but not limited to books, conferences and special events, other blogs, and his favorite coffee. Even if it is something he would write about for free — and, likely, he is writing about it for free — you should always presume:

  • Daniel receives free or discounted books to preview, solicited and unsolicited.
  • Daniel receives some sort of compensation or gain, in any fashion, for things he writes about or links to.
  • Daniel uses affiliate links to receive a commission (“kickback”) on purchases you may make by linking through from this website.
  • Daniel receives compensated attendance, including travel, for any conference or event he writes about or attends.
  • Daniel gets something of benefit for himself for anything he does on this blog or any other website under his sole management.

Editor’s note: I try to disclose any of those benefits in my writing, and really — I know I should have affiliate links set up, but I don’t. Because I’m that lazy. And I also don’t think I’ve ever linked you through to buy something. But anyway.

For those truly stalkerish, in this particular space, according to the receipt for his domain name registration, Daniel’s been blogging since 2006. (All of those more-than-a-decade-old posts have been hidden at this point as part of an editorial refocus, but the right combination of donuts might just get you a login to see them.) Honestly, the real truth is he’s sort of a geek and has continually had some sort of Web presence since his first personal page went up on GeoCities (the original edition) in 1996. He’s got printouts of those sites. You should buy him a bottle of wine and ask to see them.

Be In Touch

If you want to be in contact with Daniel directly, click here to send him an e-mail. For the most immediate of inquiries (like if you want him to speak at your event, even better if you want to pay him), you can text or phone (650) 937-9010. If you’re sending donuts, direct them to Daniel Ross-Jones, PO Box 453, Palo Alto, CA 94302. (Call first so I check the PO box.)