For twenty years, Dan Stallbaum has been the senior pastor of East Coast Christian Center. He arrived in Brevard County at a time when both he and ECCC needed change. Each, unknown to the other, had just emerged from the aftermath of another man’s poor leadership choices that threatened the visions God had individually given them. But, in February 1992, God awakened this former pastor and placed him in leadership in a church hungry for fresh focus. Today, this church and its pastor are both strong, thriving testimonies to the power of restoration and redemption.
Dan’s messages deliver Biblical truths in sensible, down-to-earth terms that immediately translate into everyday life. Candid in the unveiling of his own humanity, he uses personal shortcomings to point to the redeeming, healing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His solid teaching and transparent leadership style equip people to live a balanced, Spirit-filled life in the real world.
Having once walked through the pain of losing his dreams, Dan is zealous in urging others to resurrect and pursue their own God-given passions. He lead ECCC in the largest building program in the church’s history to completion in early 2013. A capital stewardship campaign, called Breaking Barriers, Building Dreams, was designed to help a growing church offer more effective ministry to its own church family, to hurting families within the local community, and to a lost and dying world. By expanding the campus in 2013, performing much-needed building upgrades, and retiring all mortgage debt, ECCC is becoming poised to help break barriers and build dreams, having greater impact for the Kingdom of God both locally and globally.
Always looking for practical ways to incorporate God’s Word into daily life, Dan founded and is the daily host of Morning Breath, a drive-time devotional radio program that airs each weekday. Together, he and one of the other staff pastors read and discuss a chapter in the Bible; there is no prepared sermon, just lively, sometimes humorous discussions and personal insights into the Word. Dan also oversees East Coast Christian University, ECCC's accredited university.
When Dan isn’t busy being Pastor Dan he, almost always, can be found outdoors. A former carpenter, he is an avid fisherman, golf enthusiast, and he enjoys scuba diving. He treasures time with his sons Matt, Jon, and Daniel; his daughter, Jessica; and his nine grandkids, Reagan, Hudson, Adilyn, Emma, Aubrey, Grant, Femi Jr. and twins Kaia and Kara. At the end of the day, regardless of other people or circumstances that pull on him, Dan’s primary roles in ministry will always be that of husband, dad, and grandpa.
Carolyn was born and raised in Colorado. It was there that she met Dan, who had moved to the area from Miramar, Florida. They were married in 1976. In 1987, they moved to Rockledge, Florida, with their three children. They now have three married children, a young adult son, and nine grandchildren! Carolyn enjoys being a homemaker, cooking, shopping, writing, and watching her grandchildren. Finding a bargain at yard sales or at the thrift store is a lot of fun. She loves being a part of the administrative staff. By far, the most important aspect of her life is her relationship with God, her husband and family and her friends.