Wave coach Dannís 16-year-old daughter L.J.
Pantoja says itís more comfortable for her. "Itís not
traditional and I donít get bored as easilyĖ it makes it more exciting
in a Bubble Tea House!" She used to be bored at church service and
disliked attending. L.J.ís boredom with church was what alarmed Dann
enough to quit his five-year-stint as the Director of Global Ministries for
the Baptist General Conference
of Canada. His children confronted him one day and said, "Youíre
busy doing church planting around the world, and we want you to know that
now that weíre teenagers, we donít want to go to Sunday school anymore.
And we donít know if we want to go to church anymore." LeLe, Dannís
eldest daughter didnít want to attend Sunday school either and she
volunteered to help out in the nursery so she could skip service.
L.J. and her friend
That was a major shock to Dann, who called that time in his life,
"The beginning of the end." He gave up his career and took two
years to exit out of his post. Thatís when he started to ask about
postmodernism and listened to Lauryn
Hill and Alanis
Morissette with his children. "They are the most honest
generation!" Dann says. "Too honest," John chimes in. LeLe
says that her dad wanted to make the service something they could enjoy.
"I think heís done a good job. I like it," LeLe said.
But it was through this search, Dann says, he learned how to minister to
the younger generation, and got to know John, Jeff and Wayne in the process.