Dale has been my leader, my coworker, and my friend in the almost 10 years that I have known him. We car pooled and sat right next to one another for years and during our walks around the parking lot at work we solved all of the worlds problems. He has helped me hone my critical thinking processes.
He has always helped me to look at things from a pastoral point of view, as that is his gift which has helped me to handle situations much better than I probably would have without his input.
Though our conversations I have come to a greater understanding of tradition and my own thoughts. (I have always believed a thought is best understood in the company of another) Our relationship has helped to shape me in many, innumerable ways.