The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel

Glen Ellyn, IL

The Rev. Lillian Daniel has served as the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn in Illinois since 2004. Before that, she spent 14 years in Connecticut, going to grad school, growing up, raising a family and leading two churches, most recently the Church of the Redeemer, in New Haven, from 1996 to 2004.

A contributing editor to The Christian Century and to Leadership, her work has also appeared in Christianity TodayBooks and Culture, the Journal for Preachers and in the daily e-mail devotionals available at

She has taught preaching at Yale Divinity School, Chicago Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago Divinity School.

She serves on the Board of Trustees of Chicago Theological Seminary and the Board of Advisors at Yale Divinity School and previously served on the Board of Trustees for Arise Chicago.

Recent Publications:

Torture, Collective Bargaining and Getting Our Own House in Order(Huffington Post, March 2011) 

Selling out? (The Christian Century, January, 2011)

Aging and Happiness: A Lesson from Abraham and Sarah (Huffington Post, January 11, 2011)

The Meaning of Christmas When You Are Unemployed (Huffington Post, December 21, 2010)

Interrupted by a Gorilla: What happens when a teaching church becomes a calling church (Leadership,December 20, 2010)

Pastors writing badly (Call and Response, Faith & Leadership blog, December 14, 2010) 

Immigrants like us (The Christian Century, September, 2010)

She is the author of the book Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony, which is the story of one church's attempt to get main line Protestants to talk to each other about God.

Her newest book, This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers, co-authored by Martin B. Copenhaver, is a humorous and honest look at the ministry.