Fourteen years ago, the Rev. Dan Perry was appointed to be the pastor of the Highland Hope United Methodist Church. Effective July 1, 2013, Pastor Dan has been appointed as senior pastor at Tremont UMC in Tremont, Ill. This new appointment ends a very blessed ministry in Highland.  In 1999, Pastor Dan became the second pastor in Highland Hope’s ministry. In his 14 years, the church moved out of the auditorium on the Upper Elementary School, built $1.2 million dollar building and nearly quadrupled in attendance. Pastor Dan has had a varied career. After graduating from high school, he worked at the Firestone Tire Plant in Decatur, Ill. He left Firestone to attend Millikin University. After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in music education, he taught at Mount Zion (Ill.) Middle School. He then traveled with an evangelistic/music ministry for four years. The next nine years he served as a youth pastor.  He served the First United Methodist in Ripley, Tenn., for five years and at St. Matthew United Methodist in Belleville for four years. In 1993, he moved to Taylorsville, Ky., to attend seminary in Wilmore, Ky., and pastored two churches — the Taylorsville UMC and Bloomfield UMC. He graduated with a master of divinity in 1997. Then, in 1999, he was appointed to Highland Hope UMC.

Pastor Dan and his wife, Carol, have two adult children and three grandchildren, who will continue to live in Highland. This will be the first time in more than 30 years that he and his wife won’t be living in the same community as their children.