Dan Beck was raised in a rural part of western Washington, not far from Seattle. His father grew up on a homestead, and his mother was from Canada. Loving Christian parents and the mountains of the great Northwest were great teachers, providing lessons for life. After high school, Dan spent four years in the US Army and, afterwards, a year at Bible college. During this time he met his future wife, Misty, and they both served together in a small church, working with kids.
Dan graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1983 and started doing what he loved: teaching, then at a high school in Port Angeles, WA, not far from where his father homesteaded. By then, Dan and Misty had welcomed the first son of three boys into the family. Dan decided to return to school, and finished a graduate degree at the University of Washington in Russian and East European studies. He expected to return to the classroom, but in 1988 accepted a job in Denver, CO, working for a company called SAIC. Several decades later he still works for this company, now called Leidos.
His mind was never far from the classroom, and Dan started substitute teaching in the local public school district where his sons attended. Eventually, he accepted a position as an instructional coordinator at a local church. The Lord used this position to lead Dan to Augustine Classical Academy, where he now serves on a part-time basis. For Dan and his family, this ministry is an answer to prayer, a blessing from the Lord.