Dan was born and raised in the United Presbyterian Church of North America in Washington County in southwestern Pennsylvania under the ministry of the Rev. John Mark Scott. He graduated from Trinity High School in 1970 and from Washington and Jefferson College in 1974 where he commuted from home while earning a B.A. in Mathematics. After college, Dan began to sense the call of God to the ministry through involvement in his home congregation of North Buffalo Presbyterian Church. It was there also that Dan met and married his wife-to-be Pamela Jean Mosier, a graduate of Waynesburg College. Pam’s Grandma Mosier was a life-long member of Dan’s church; and Pam regularly came to visit. Dan and Pam were married on a Friday, and Dan began classes the following Tuesday at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in September of 1976. The Knoxes have four children: Mrs. Sarah Maffet of Boyers, PA, Dr. James Daniel Knox, M.D., of Columbus, OH, a former OPC missionary to Uganda; Jesse D. Knox of Rutherfordton, NC; and Mrs. Rachel Payne of Chattanooga, TN, and eight grand-children.
Dan and Pam began their pilgrimage in the OPC in 1984 when Dan was called by Grace OPC in Sewickley to serve as an Evangelist to a mission work in Oakdale, PA. The Knoxes home-schooled their four children through the elementary years. Pam taught in the elementary grades in the public school system and at Robinson Township Christian School (RTCS). Their daughter Rachel was a member of the first graduating class at RTCS in 2003.
For years the Knoxes have maintained a sizable home vegetable garden. Dan is an avid fly fisherman, and Pam enjoys rug-hooking and tatting. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”