Dan and Caroline Bios
Dan Dirkes has been involved in Youth Ministry and Music Ministry in a variety of different roles since 1997. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dan’s background in leading worship has been influenced by his involvement in the Word of God Covenant Community, Renewal Ministries, Christ the King Catholic Church and LIFE TEEN, Inc.
Over the years, Dan has built a reputation as a gifted speaker, musician and anointed worship leader. He has led worship at Soulfest Christian Music Festival in NH, the Diocese of Trenton Charismatic Rally, the Camden Charismatic Conference Youth Track, the NJ Charismatic Conference Youth Track, Renewal Ministries Annual Gathering, Catholic Underground in NJ, LIFE TEEN Core Member Universities, Holy Grounds Coffeehouse and various other venues. Dan is a member of the Council for the National Service Committee to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and recently served as emcee for one of the sessions at the 50th Anniversary Jubilee for the Charismatic Renewal.
Dan currently serves as a Music Minister at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI and St. Patrick Church in Brighton, MI. When he isn’t leading worship or giving keynote talks, Dan works as a Director of Territory Operations for Bankers Life. He loves spending time with his wife and children and enjoys when they minister together.
Caroline Gambale-Dirkes is a dynamic and passionate speaker. Her motto is "you need to do the ridiculous to see the miraculous!" Sharing incredible stories such as how she evangelized two New York Giants football players, she keeps her audience engaged and wanting more. Active in evangelization and youth ministry for almost 30 years, she has served in various roles including Eastern Regional Director for Life Teen, Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Newark, and Director of Evangelization at St. Joseph Church in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Presently she does multigenerational evangelization through 2Tim4 Ministries, which she co-founded with her husband Dan. Caroline also serves as a Council Member for the National Service Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Caroline is a 1993 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Psychology. Caroline has spoken internationally at numerous diocesan rallies, retreats and conferences including the National Charismatic Leadership Conference, Steubenville Youth Conference, National Catholic Youth Conference, and Life Teen Adult Training Conference. In 2013, she received the National Evangelization Team Distinguished Alumni Award for her ongoing commitment to evangelization.
Caroline's greatest achievement by far is raising her 5 beautiful children; Catherine, Danny, Therese, Gianna, and Elisabeth.