Daniel Mangione
  - Youth Ministries

I was born in The Woodlands, Texas, eventually moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan a few short years later. I am number 7 in a family of 11 children, and raised with the understanding of Christ’s love for me and my need for Him. Those truths became a reality for me when I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 11. From that moment, my walk with God as been incredibly humbling and challenging. I moved to Alaska in the summer of 2009 after accepting a position as an Avionics Technician (Aircraft Electrician). It seemed obvious to me that it would be my ultimate career, however, God clearly had other plans.

I quickly became involved with the Youth Ministry at College Heights Baptist Church in Soldotna, where I was able to serve, and over time mentored by my Youth Pastor and friend, Tim Bruno. It was during that time I saw God begin to change the desires of my heart from seeking a “career” to seeking Him. As a result, I felt a strong call to attend college and study the Bible. It was then I received the opportunity to work with Peninsula Grace Church as their Interim Youth Pastor in 2013. I served with PGC for a year before leaving to attend Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. In the midst of these beginnings I began a relationship with a beautiful young woman and in 2016, I received my greatest earthly gift of marriage to Brandi.

After graduating with a Bachelors in Youth Ministry - Biblical and Theological Studies, and my wife with a Bachelors in Nursing from George Fox, we moved to Michigan for a short year and a half before coming back to the Peninsula in January of 2019. We moved back with no expectations, other than to find where we could serve and further God’s kingdom in this community. A year later the opportunity to come and serve with the Peninsula Grace body full-time presented itself and my wife and I accepted in May 2020. We also welcomed the beautiful blessing of our first child on April 22, 2020, Eliza Mae. We’re excited to see what God has in store for the youth and this body of believers.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, playing my guitar, outdoor activities, building things, and movies.

My heart for my Role:

My heart is to help students cultivate a hunger for a personal relationship with God through discipleship and mentorship. I’m excited to guide students in engaging with the written and spoken Word of God.