Rev. Dr. Daniel Medina was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Miami, Florida. A graduate of Florida International University, Daniel went on to serve in U.S. Military Intelligence. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma and St Thomas University (Florida Center for Theological Studies), Miami Gardens, FL.
Dr. Medina recently published the second edition (revised and updated) of his first book, The Scandalous Menu, and has written on several topics, including Sacramental Theology, Charles Williams’ Theology of Romantic Love & Co-Inherence, Zen Meditation, Consciousness, Near Death Experiences, World Religions, and Spirituality. Dr. Medina is an ordained Anglican Priest (The Anglican Mission) , a public schoolteacher, and Pastor of the United Church of the Good Shepherd, a parish located in Cutler Bay, FL, affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Christian Universalist Association.
Dr. Medina is Founder & Prior of Banyan Abbey and Founder & Director of The South Florida Meditation & Mindfulness Society, a local counseling service in South Florida. Daniel teaches Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga, and is a Sound Therapist. He has served South Florida as a clergyman for over 15 years and lives in Miami with his wife, Victoria.
Dr. Medina is a Husband, Father, Son, Ordained Minister, Monk, Teacher, Educational Psychologist, Counselor, Life Coach, Spiritual Director, Lay Zen & Taijiquan Practitioner, a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Haiku Poet, Jazz Drummer, Sound Therapist, Lacto-Vegetarian, Cyclist, Urban Gardener, Amateur Photographer, Pilgrim, Lyricist, Mandala Designer & Amateur Ensō artist.