Dale grew up a nominal Christian family. At the age of 15 he decided he wanted to be a physician. In college and medical school he would sometimes attend a Unitarian church. After marrying, he and his wife thought they should attend church for their three children. After several years he realized that he needed to become serious about his faith. For the first time he began to pray and study the Scriptures. It took him seven years before he professed his faith in Christ. He became an elder in his Presbyterian congregation. Moral issues, which began to arise in his denomination, forced him to seek new directions. For four years he searched for a new church home. He began to look at the Catholic Church through the influence of his daughter and son-in-law, who were also journeying Home to the Church.