Minister of Music
Dan Fox has been the Worship Leader / Minister of Music at St. Paul's since 1990. He grew up in Stevensville, Michigan. His family relocated to western Pennsylvania in 1969, and Dan attended Penn State University, graduating in 1977 with a B.A. in Theater Performance, with a music emphasis. After graduation he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. Dan worked in summer stock, regional theater, and traveled with a children's theater troupe. There were small triumphs, but there was no real sense of satisfaction or fulfillment.
In the fall of 1980, Dan heard the gospel being proclaimed at an evangelistic outreach in Times Square, just around the corner from his apartment building. He responded, repented, and became involved with the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene (The Lambs), whose sanctuary doubles as an off-Broadway Theater. It was not long before he was assisting with their music and worship ministries. And it was there that he saw the New York production of the "Cotton Patch Gospel," a modern day retelling of the gospel story, with a score by Harry Chapin. When "Cotton Patch" was putting together a national tour in 1982, he auditioned and joined the cast of 5. They played to record - breaking audiences in Woodstock, NY, Atlanta, and Dallas, logging more than 500 performances.
While on tour, Dan began attending "renewed" Episcopal churches in Atlanta and in Dallas. He felt as if he had found his spiritual "home." Upon returning to New York, he joined St. George's Episcopal Church, and apprenticed under George Mims, the Minister of Music. George described Dan's role as "troubador," leading worship for that vibrant congregation. At St. George's, he met Kimberly, and they married in 1986.
After marrying they moved to Connecticut, and joined St. Paul's, during the last years of Fr.Terry Fullam's tenure. Dan was soon involved with the music and worship, assisting the Rev. Jerome Meachen, organist and choirmaster, first as a volunteer. After Fr. Fullam's departure he was brought on staff in a part - time capacity by interim rector, Mark Browne. Dan served under St. Paul's next rector, Fr. Carl Russell, interim rector Fr. Tony Bullman , and now happily serves (full-time) under Fr. Christopher Leighton.
Dan has employed large choirs and small vocal ensembles. He has used drama with adults and drama with young children. He co-wrote and co-starred in last year's Christmas Eve video smash hit with Fr. Dano and Fr. Christopher. At present he has musical oversight for four Sunday services, and the Tuesday morning service at St. Paul's. He rehearses and leads three different bands, and leads worship at all St. Paul's services.
He has led worship for the Trinity Forum, with Os Guinness, in Vermont and New York, for the pre-game chapel services of the New York Jets, and for regional Alpha conferences in Nashville and Charlotte. And he has led worship retreats and seminars for St. Timothy's Episcopal, Fairfield, St. Mark's Episcopal, New Canaan, Church of the Holy Spirit, Denver, Co., St. Paul's Anglican Church of Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, and many other churches.
The Foxes and their children spent six weeks in France in the summer of 1999, exploring mission opportunities. God has given Dan and Kimberly a burden for the French people to be re-evangelized, and they hope to do a short-term mission there as a family in the spring of 2001.
Dan's other passion is to see revival come again to New England, and to have some small part in hastening this next move of God in our region. Fr. Christopher shares that passion, and Dan is grateful to be working shoulder to shoulder with him and with Fr. Dan Morgan to advance the Kingdom here in Darien and beyond.