During COVID-19, Daniel will conduct all initial inquiries via videoconference
The Reverend Dr. Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff, a native Hoosier, has lived in Connecticut for the past 11 years. Locally ordained in 2000, Daniel is ministerially affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the American Protestant Union. In 2020, Daniel became an agent with New York Life and is licensed to sell insurance and annuities in Connecticut, Florida, New York, and Texas. Daniel enjoys contributing to his community as a board member, performing with professional and university-related musical ensembles, snuggling with his dog, reading poetry and nonfiction, and staying fit.
After divinity school, Daniel completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Stamford (CT) and Norwalk (CT) Hospitals, specializing in psychiatric chaplaincy, making him eligible to become a board certified chaplain. For the past eight years, he has worked professionally as a hospice, hospital, and nursing home chaplain. Additionally, he earned the designations Certified Senior Advisor® and Certified Dementia Practitioner®.
In 2016, Daniel planted a church, later to become its pastor. Now he is Pastor Emeritus of what has become a multicultural gathering of LGBTQ+ seekers, which is an independent congregation, very closely affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.
In spiritual direction, Daniel welcomes all seekers, regardless of faith orientation—including traumatized, LGBTQ+, and low-income directees. After completing a year of practicum at Mercy by the Sea (the "Mercy Center"), Daniel continued his formation with the innovative Urban Spiritual Center. He is now the Board President of the Society of Certified Spiritual Directors, a nonprofit organization committed to excellence of training and certification of spiritual directors.
A choral artist, Daniel has performed with known ensembles, such as Yale Camerata, Yale Pro Musica, Charis Chamber Voices, Pro Arte Singers, and the Orpheus Choir. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 12 and performed there once again 15 years later. As a double bassist, Daniel plays for the American Chamber Orchestra, Trouper's Light Opera, and the Danbury (CT) Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel has enjoyed teaching at Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin—Parkside, where he developed and taught traditional semester-length courses as well as intensive and evening formats. Course titles included Understandings of Religion (on the world's religions and philosophies), LGBT Studies, Asians in American Society, and Death and Dying. He has also been invited to be a panelist or speaker in venues such as at Quinnipiac University School of Social Work, the Society of Certified Senior Advisors' Annual Conference, Liberal Religious Educators' Association, New England Association of United Church Educators, and the National Educators Association's Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly