The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel

Dubuque, IA

Lillian Daniel is a preacher, teacher and writer in Iowa. She has spoken at the National Cathedral, Duke Chapel, Kings College, London and Queen’s College, Ontario, but on Sundays you can find her preaching at First Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa. 

She is the author of four books, most recently Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To which is generating international conversation about the changing religious landscape. ​It continues the theme of her 2013 book When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church about the growing number of people who claim "none" as their religious preference.

She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary. From St John’s Theological College in New Zealand to Chicago Theological Seminary, she has taught aspiring clergy how to preach, but she can’t be held responsible for everyone who falls asleep in church. 

Since 2014, the Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel has been Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa - a vibrant welcoming congregation with a heart for the city.  She served three churches before coming to Iowa, two in Connecticut and most recently a 1,400 member church in the western suburbs of Chicago. She likes Iowa better.