Dan was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1985. He grew up on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI where his dad taught as a professor. Dan graduated from Luther Preparatory School in 2003, from Martin Luther College in 2007, and from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2011.
Dan served as dorm supervisor and instructor at Martin Luther College from 2011-2013. In May 2013 he received a divine call to serve the people at Crown of Life Lutheran Church and School. In June 2013 Dan married his wife, Kadie (Drake) Westendorf. They have one son, Levi and one daughter, Lydia.