March 20, 2012
Dear Friends of Mount Carmel,
It is with great joy and enthusiasm that we announce the new Executive Director of Mount Carmel Ministries. The Search Committee, Board of Trustees and Mount Carmel staff thank you for your prayers covering this entire process. We felt them and are fully confident that it is God who has called Pastor Daniel Baker of Albert Lea to lead Mount Carmel into our next chapter. Pastor Baker will begin his work with Mount Carmel mid-April.
Pastor Baker comes to us from southern Minnesota where he currently serves as Associate Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and went on to attend Luther Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity in 1992. He currently serves as the Executive Director of “ReClaim Resources for Lutherans,” a ministry that produces Lutheran worship resources.
Pastor Baker attended Mount Carmel family camps as a youth with his family. More recently he has brought groups from his church to Mount Carmel for various Elderversities. He has a heart for local and global missions, kids’ programming, church renewal and Biblical teaching.
The Search Committee and Board of Trustees were most excited about Pastor Baker’s vision and heart for Mount Carmel. We feel strongly that he will make an exceptional leader with both an understanding of our heritage and a strong vision to continue moving Mount Carmel Ministries forward with the focus of Jesus Only.
Pastor Dan wrote in his letter of acceptance, “I graciously accept your invitation to serve the Lord through Mount Carmel Ministries as your Executive Director. I am looking forward to joining with you in the mission of helping people come alive to God through the clear message of Jesus Only. I pray that God will continue to use Mount Carmel as His instrument to transform lives for generations to come.”
Please keep Pastor Dan and his wife, Karina and two children Caleb (12) and Marissa (9) in your prayers as they transition into this new call. The family will move into the Welcome Home House the beginning of June after Caleb and Marissa have finished their school year in Albert Lea.
To God be the glory for using us as His hands and feet, for calling the faithful to be used in His service, and fulfilling His promise to lead us into a future filled with hope.
Serving you as the Board of Trustees,
Keith Anderson, Carol Anderson, Corey Bjertness, Dan Bryngelson, Becca Groves,
Paul Lindbloom, James Steffen, Fred Townsend and Lloyd Wallace