Dan Perrine, administrator


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Shortly after retiring as a high school principal in 2000, I was left wondering what to do with my life. In 2001, the Lord took me to Kenya on a short-term missions trip, which not only changed my life, but also offered me an opportunity to use my God-given gifts in a way I’d never imagined. On that trip, the founding director of Empowering Lives International (ELI) asked me if I would join his team as the U.S. Director of Personnel & Finance, so over the next six years, I served ELI in that capacity, as well as presenting their work to churches and colleges, training short-term mission teams, and conducting leadership training in Kenya and Uganda.

During my many trips to Africa, my heart was continually drawn to the young people—the leaders of tomorrow who were being woefully equipped today. I observed that their elementary and secondary school education consisted primarily of rote memorization, with the students being given little opportunity to apply the facts they were learning. God prompted me to do something about this, so in July of 2010, Advancing Leaders International (ALI) was birthed. As ALI’s Founding Director, I now recruit educators who will join me in changing the face of education in Africa through training teachers and school leadership in improved teaching methodology, and providing individualized coaching and mentoring of African teachers in their classrooms.

In November of 2017, I joined Liberty Christian School in Redding, CA as an interim Principal, assisting the school with a number of issues they are facing.


            1967: BA in Education, Houghton College                                                                                   1972: MsEd in Math Education, State University of New York-Brockport                                   1974: Certificate of Advanced Study-School Administration, State University of New                       York-Brockport


            6.5 years-High School Math teacher                                                                                          2.5 years-District-wide Secondary Math/Science Supervisor                                                    7 years-Assistant High School Principal                                                                                     17 years-Junior/Senior High School Principal                                                                              17 years-Nonprofit Director working in education in Africa                                                        Current-Liberty Christian School Principal

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
— Proverbs 9:10