Dan Paternoster, ELT Member, Struck by Car

Dan Paternoster (right), 55, a member of the denominational Executive Leadership Team since 2001, was riding his bike this morning (Tuesday, August 28) when he was hit by a car. He is currently in the ICU at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich.

The family reports that he has injuries to the brain, and the prognosis is not good. Dan’s wife, Nancy, and his daughter are with him. Please pray for Dan and his family. The Paternosters are members of Fowlerville UB church in Fowlerville, Mich. Dan is a veterinarian, and an avid bicyclist.

UPDATE 1:55 pm: According to LivingstonDaily.com, Dan was struck from behind by a 2008 Dodge Avenger sedan as he was riding his bike to work on the shoulder of Grand River Avenue. The woman driving the vehicle said “something got her attention” and she was looking to her left when she heard her vehicle strike something. She looked back, and the bicycle was going up in the air and the rider was striking her vehicle, said the sheriff. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be issues. Also, Dan was wearing a helmet.

UPDATE 3:45: A call from Fowlerville church informed us that Dan’s vital signs are good, and he is no longer in a life-threatening condition. However, there has been significant brain damage. He also has many bone fractures and other injuries. You can pray now for bleeding in the brain to stop, and for the overall healing of his body. He did squeeze his wife’s hand when she insisted that he squeeze it, so that’s a good sign.

Mailing address:

Dan Paternoster
4770 Cemetery Road
Fowlerville, MI 48836

  • Judy Merians
    Posted at 05:35h, 29 August

    Dan (and his clinic) has been our veterinarian for more than 13 years. Words escape me to adequately express how caring he is always been to our animals.

    I know that Dan’s faith and our prayers will bring him through this.

    Judy (and Mike) Merians

  • Kathi Elwell
    Posted at 09:25h, 29 August

    My thought and prayers are with Dan and his family. I think the world of Dan. His quiet manner, incredible connection to animals and the compassion he has for all of God’s creatures has always been inspiring to me. His faith is great and God is with him. I pray for his steady recovery.

    Kathi Elwell

  • Rachelle Grabowski
    Posted at 00:09h, 30 August

    Dr. Dan is the kindest person. He has taken care of our menagerie of pets for many many years. Even saved our dog Rugers life years ago, Ruger is now 15 yrs old. I am just sick about what has happened to Dan. We are praying very hard for not only his survival but his full recovery. We love you Dr. Dan!! Rachelle & Bob Grabowski

  • arnie germaine
    Posted at 15:21h, 02 September

    i heard from cousin dan germaine family i lived in fowlerville my father re opened fowlerville baptist church .i graduated h.s. 1950 and two sisters . dans father harold is is one of 4 brothers my father is john. let me know when we can vist. our prayers are with you arnie and shirley.

  • Betty Dietrich and Bailey
    Posted at 11:48h, 27 September

    Dr Dan means so much to everyone who knows him. I pray the good Lord will hear all of our prayers and heal him completely, and soon.
    God Bless him and his family.
    The Dietrich family

  • Jayson Lambert
    Posted at 00:45h, 28 August

    Mr. Daniel Paternoster is not only the best veterinarian I’ve ever known,
    but one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. The way he treated
    my dog with such care, almost brought me to tears.

    I am so very glad Dr. Paternoster is still with us and his outlook on life
    is truly an inspiration.

    Sincerely I am in your debt.

    Jayson Lambert

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