I met Dr. Daehnert—more affectionately known on campus as “Dr. D”—in my first semester as a student at Dallas Baptist University. Coming to campus as a freshman in the middle of a pandemic, I needed an encourager and a friend. Dr. D was just that.
Dr. D is an equipper. As a student in his “Intro to Christian Ministry” class, I was privileged to have the opportunity to learn from the joys and pains of his own ministry experience. More than that, I was struck by his desire to know each student personally. He didn’t want just to equip us collectively, he wanted to invest in us individually. Dr. D loves the Lord, loves his church, loves his people and trains up young people to do the same.
Dr. D certainly is a networker and encourager, but those who spend any amount of time with him know he is profoundly humble. His humility is what makes him such an effective servant leader. Most importantly, his humility makes much of Jesus.
I am grateful to know Dr. Daehnert, and I am grateful for how the Lord is using him in the lives of students like me here at Dallas Baptist University.