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 Agent and Clergy Retirement Specialist with a Fortune 100 company and is licensed to sell insurance and annuities in Connecticut, Florida, New York, and Texas. When not engaged in ministry or finance, Daniel enjoys contributing to his community as a board member, performing with the chamber chorus of Yale Camerata, playing the double bass for the American Chamber Orchestra, snuggling with his dog, reading poetry and nonfiction, and staying fit.
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, Bautistas por la Paz/BFPNA, and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.
With over 20 years of professional ministerial experience, one of Daniel's weddings appeared in the Style section of The New York Times on March 21, 2021. Holding dual standing as a Baptist pastor and American Protestant minister, he is authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Unlike a local justice of the peace or an internet-ordained officiant, Daniel has earned two theological master's degrees as well as the Doctor of Ministry, preparing him to handle any eventuality with grace, humor, and style. See www.PreacherComforts.com for Daniel's wedding website.
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. See www.LotusPray.org for Daniel's Spiritual Direction website.
Daniel's yearlong training through Health Coach Institute (HCI) qualifies him as both Life Coach and Health Coach. He has also studied with the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) College of Exercise Science Master Trainer program, encompassing the following certifications: Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Weight Management, DNA-Based Fitness Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist (preventing injury), Exercise Therapy Certification (recovering from injury), and annual CPR/AED training. See www.Mindfully.Live for Daniel's Coaching website.
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®.
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.