Dr. Dietrich Danner
Dr. Dietrich A. M. Danner, began as the 13th pastor of Clark’s Chapel Baptist Church on March 23, 2014. Before accepting the pastoral call to Clark’s Chapel Baptist Church, he served Kyles Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Durham, NC) as associate minister for 11 years. He also pastored Long’s Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Durham, NC, for two years. Danner is no stranger to the Statesville community. His spiritual upbringing took place at both Clark’s Chapel and Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church (Center Street).
Danner has over 20 years of leadership in PK-16 with expertise in school leadership, program management, facilitation, training, and development; grant management, and educational planning. Danner serves Durham Public Schools (DPS), Durham N.C., as the Executive Director of Professional Learning and Federal Programs. Since joining Durham Public Schools in March of 2009, he held several leadership roles. Danner also served seven years as Principal of Healthy Start Academy (K-8), the first established public charter school in North Carolina.
Prior to entering PK-12 education, Danner spent 10 years in higher education. He joined North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C., in 1992 and served the university as Director of Student Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs and Director of Teaching Fellows in the School of Education. Danner continues to serve as an adjunct instructor in the School of Education.
Today, Dr. Danner is at the forefront of school reform initiatives. His intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of empowerment has made him a high sought after speaker and consultant. He has made numerous presentations to schools, faith-based, community organizations, and professional associations. Danner received the 2014 Best Paper Award from the Clute Institute International Academic Conference, January 2014.
Danner is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He prides himself in motivating and empowering others to maximize their greatest potential.
Danner earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education Management from Hampton University. He earned the Master of Arts and the Master of School Administration from North Carolina Central University, the Education Specialist degree from Oakland University, and the Master of Divinity and the Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Shaw University.
Danner and his wife, Paulette are the proud parents of one daughter, Tobiah.