‘Pastor Dan’ runs car pools for Tangent Christian School | Local

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Bates is originally from California. He was leading a church in Minnesota when the opportunity arose to move to Oregon in 2014. He took the chance, also because he had lived through temperatures below zero for 65 days in a particularly brutal winter. “At that moment, the idea of ​​leaving Minnesota seemed appealing,” he said.

However, running two churches can be challenging.

Bates directs the Lebanon services on the first and third Saturdays of the month and the Sweet Home services on the second and fourth Saturdays. Visit guest speakers to fill out the service schedule.

“It’s good, but it’s difficult. I never have enough time, ”said Bates.

He added that he loves Lebanon and Sweet Home. “This is the best area we have ever lived in. The people are great. The small town feeling. The site. You can’t beat the place, ”said Bates.

He said it was great to be close to the ocean, mountains and metropolitan areas and still get the feeling of being in the country. “For me, it’s the best of both worlds,” he said.

Currently, Bates has transported some students in his family’s minivan, and other parents have come to help with carpooling.

He hopes he can get enough insurance money to cover the loan he took out to buy his Mercedes van in 2014. Bates would like to have a new van for the next school year.



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