Dale was born in France to a military family and spent most of her life on the move. She met and married her husband, Marc, a Moody professor of Intercultural Studies, while studying Russian at the University of New Mexico. She and her family have done church planting in Ukraine and started a non-profit Russian-language school for missionaries called Russian Language Ministries. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. In her free time, Dale enjoys bird watching, family history research, cooking, and collecting antique lace.