Dal grew up in Vancouver attending Knox United Church in Kerrisdale, after being introduced to the Sunday School by his neighbour. He attended UBC earnings degree in Mathematics before attending Union College on the Campus, a forerunner to the Vancouver School of Theology.
He met his wife Helen at church through her family who had moved to Kerrisdale from Regina.
After Ordination, he was transferred by the United Church to Manitoba to a pastoral charge of 5 churches. Since, he has served congregations in Northern B.C. and around the Greater Vancouver area, finishing in Maple Ridge from where he retired. After retirement he was called back into service at West Vancouver United Church when a vacancy occurred and continues assisting whenever needed. In addition he also serves as Chaplain to the Royal Canadian Legion in West Vancouver.
While in the North he was adopted by the First Nations Community of Lax Kw’alaams and is proud to be a member of the “wolf” clan of that community.
Having been introduced to the United Church by a friend, he sees the importance of individual evangelism (gently speaking of one’s faith with those one knows).
He and Helen live in Horseshoe Bay, have two married children and three grandchildren.