Born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri, Danny attended church and school in the downtown area 60 years ago. Growing up, he watched as his dad, a foreman at the local flour mill, served in the community. In 2012, at an age when most people are planning their retirement, Danny and his wife Twila started The Crossing Outreach Ministry.
They purchased a building in the deteriorating downtown area in order to demonstrate that they were committed to building up the community. Now, the ministry has expanded to four buildings and is completing what has become known as Phase I of the mission. Phase II involves engaging the churches and businesses in the community to address homelessness, addiction and other issues plaguing St. Joseph residents.