Dan currently serves as the Lead Campus minister at Willamette University in Salem Oregon. Vicki enjoys being a retreat speaker and seminar teacher throughout the country. Dan says, "Today's college population abounds with young women and men needing to be loved and looking for someone to trust, while seeking meaning and purpose in their lives. Our desire is to communicate by our lives and work that Jesus Christ is the One who offers that love and trust, that meaning and purpose. "We thank God for the privilege of reaching the lost on campuses and encouraging believers at Willamette and throughout the Northwest region."
Dan grew up in a Christian home in New England, with parents who served 27 years with WorldVenture and Missions Door. Dan's mother led him to Christ at the age of 7. While attending Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, Dan saw the great spiritual needs facing college students. Upon graduation from Denver Seminary in 1971, he was appointed by Missions Door as a Campus Ambassadors minister. Vicki, too, was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ when she was 7 years old.
While ministering at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Dan met Vicki, and they were married in 1976. In 1978 the Barrams moved to Salem, Oregon, to begin a new CA program at Willamette University. They have three children: Wendi, James and Jill.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Oregon, United States