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     Dale I. Royal was born in St. Paul, NM in 1929. His parents were John D. Royal and Edith Hulett Royal. The early years were spent in the Dakotas where his grandparents lived on adjoining ranches. In 1937 the family moved to Lansing, MI.

     In 1946 Dale joined the United States Navy. Boot camp was completed at Great Lakes. He graduated from Yeoman School at San Diego, CA in 1947. He served in San Francisco, did an 18 month tour on Guam, and then was assigned to the W. A. Mann, AP-112. He was honorably discharged in May of 1950.   

     In August of 1949 Dale and Elenora Roberts were joined in marriage by J. Curtis Manor at the old Banghart Church of Christ in Lansing MI, where Elenora's father later served as an elder for many years. They have two children, Charles D. Royal and Deborah D. Royal Born. They also have two grandchildren, Katherine and Rebecca.    

     Dale graduated from Florida Christian College in 1953 with a major in Bible and a minor in Religious Education. While in Visalia, CA, he graduated from College of the Sequoias majoring in the Liberal Arts. While in Hawthorne, CA he attended Pepperdine University and continued working in the field of speech and religious education. He graduated from Eastern Michigan with a double bachelor (BA and BS) majoring in English Language and Literature, and Speech and Drama. His master degree (MA) was in Communications, after which he continued work in Educational Administration.

     The first congregation where Dale preached was with the Zephyr Hills, FL  Church of Christ while still a student at Florida Christian College in 1952. After graduating from FCC with a major in Bible and a minor in Religious Education (1953) he accepted the work with the Main Street Church of Christ in Kalamazoo, MI. In 1954 he began work with the old Cross Street Church of Christ in Ypsilanti, MI. Upon outgrowing the Cross Street building a new congregation was established in Willow Run with blessings of the Cross Street elders. Bob Oliver was selected to work with Cross Street congregation and Dale went with the new congregation.  

     In 1957 he began preaching with the church in Avon Park, FL. After five years in Avon Park, the work with the Noble Avenue Church of Christ was accepted in Visalia, CA. Glenn Wallace was preaching with the Central Church of Christ this time. In the mid-sixties a move was made to Hawthorne CA, and later in the same decade he moved to Clifton AZ.

     In 1970 Dale was invited to return to the Cross Street congregation in Ypsilanti, MI. In 1974 the Ypsilanti School of Preaching was established with Dale as the director. In 1979 the eldership of the Eastside congregation (which is now at Pioneer and Bell) in Elk City, OK invited Dale to work with the congregation there, where he continues today.




Dale I. Royal, Preacher
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