Rev. Dan Kivel was an internationally known speaker and teacher.
He was known for his humor and unusual perspective on our relationship with God.
Rev. Dan began his studies when he read Metaphysics by Aristotle when he was 12 years old. He then spent three years reading philosophy. He converted to Catholicism when he was 12, and became an altar boy. At 19, he left religion entirely, and became an atheist. At 25, he began his search again, and studied the teachings of Rudolph Steiner and Osho. He studied the teachings of the Fourth Way through the Gurdjieff/Ouspensky schools for many years, and studied Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism along the way. His primary influence, however, was the Sufis, especially the teachings of Moulana Jellala'din Rumi, and the Moulavi Order of dervishes.
During this time, Dan received a Master's Degree in Social Work. He then became associated with Rev. David Capps and the New Essene Mystery School, which remained a significant influence. He is also a cranial/sacral therapist.
In 1989, Dan began to associate with several Spiritualist Churches, where he began speaking. In 1997, God instructed Dan to become an ordained minister. Dan's training in this area resulted in his ordination by the Independant Spiritualist Association in January, 2002. In 2001, Dan was instrumental in the creation of Seekers of Truth Spiritualist Church, which was chartered by the ISA. In June, 2002, Seekers of Truth Spiritualist Church arrived at its present virtual home as its only location.
The Rev. Daniel M. “Dan” Kivel, 58 of Algonac, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 in Mt.Clemens Regional Medical Center. He was born to Ronald and Helen Kivel on August 12, 1950 in Port Huron, attended the Port Huron schools, and graduated from Port Huron High School in 1968. Dan then went on to receive his BA degree from Oakland University in 1978 and then his MA in Social Work from Wayne State University. He was a long-time adhesives chemist for Evans-St. Clair, also worked for C.T.I. Corp. in Detroit, and worked as a consultant on various other projects. He was a life-long spiritual seeker & teacher, and was a former President of the Autism Society of Michigan. Dan is survived by his wife, Margie; three children, Charon (Gaston) Nogues of Los Angeles, CA, Shelley (Eric) Schmidt of Madison Heights, and Brian Kivel of Clarkston; a grandson, Jude Nogues; ten brothers & sisters, Rhonda Kivel of Grand Rapids, Gary Kivel of Port Huron, Linda (Dwayne) Beem of Port Huron, Steven (Wendy) Kivel of St. Clair, Nancy (Michael) Pinkster of Kalamazoo, Brenda (Mark) Privette of Port Huron, Theresa Leneway of New Baltimore, David Kivel of FL, John (Frances) Kivel of Dexter, & Jeffrey Kivel of Port Huron; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Daniel M. Kivel II in May of 2007.
Besides all of the wonderful messages Dan shared and blessed us with, he gifted us with his humor. He always had you wondering what was he going to do next? What ever it was, you knew it was going to be a great surprise. It was part of his charming character.
This happened in Grand Rapids at the First Church of Truth. One Sunday morning as we were all intensely listening to Dan's sermon, he starting talking about his insurance man. His insurance man wanted proof that Dan was really a minister and giving sermons. So, Dan pulled out his camera and took a picture of us all sitting there. We all roared as who else would be so bold and silly to do such as thing! So, his insurance man received a picture of all sitting there in the pews laughing! God Bless.
Dan also challenged us to think more worldly. Sometimes outside of our comfort zones. His sermons seemed to build slowly until he got to the point of his speach. He wanted to improve our thinking and attitudes and he did.
God's Blessings to Margie, Brian, family and friends,