Please Note: The ACELC Board of Directors are elected each year at our annual Free Conference and Meeting. At the Board Meeting following the Annual Meeting the Board will self-organize. Board members serve voluntarily and without compensation. All funds donated to the ACELC are used for expenses deemed necessary for the operation of the ACELC under the guidelines of our 501(C)3 designation. Financial reports are available upon request.


Rev. Dan Freeman

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The Rev. Daniel L. Freeman son of Keith and Sharon Freeman was born in Corvallis, Oregon on December 21, 1972. He was reborn of water and the Spirit on January 21, 1973.

He was raised in Albany, Oregon where he graduated from West Albany High School in 1991. In 1995, He graduated with a B.A. in Theological Studies from Concordia College in Portland, Oregon. He attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (when it was on DeMun; before it moved to Seminary Place) where he graduated with an M.Div. in 1999.

He served as pastor of Grace and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran churches in Three Forks and Ennis, Montana from 1999-2002 and has served as pastor of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, U.A.C. in Chehalis, Washington from 2002 – present.

While attending Concordia College, he met his future wife, Dawn Iverson. They were married in Damascus, Oregon in March of 1997. The Lord has blessed (and, at times, befuddled) them with four children, Hannah, Rachel, Jonah, and Abigail.

Pastor Freeman enjoys both fishing and hunting and finds that catching and killing are not absolutely necessary for the enjoyment. (Many years, it’s a good thing he feels that way.)


Rev. David McMinn

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Pastor T. David McMinn, III was born to Ted and Linda McMinn in Cullman, Alabama on February 25th 1965.  He was baptized into Christ shortly thereafter at Christ Lutheran Church in Cullman.

Raised in Alabama and Mississippi he graduated from high school in Mooreville, Mississippi in 1983.  In 1987 he married his school sweetheart Christi D. Hussey.  The couple has been graced by God with two children who are now adults, Sarah and Dave.

In 1995 he graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  Following his graduation he worked for several manufacturing companies in sales, customer service and supervision.

In 2004 while a member at Trinity Lutheran Hanceville, Alabama he was accepted into Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He graduated in 2008 and received a call as Associate Pastor at Heavenly Host Lutheran Church Cookeville, Tennessee where he had also served his vicarage.  His duties were split between Heavenly Host and a sister congregation, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church McMinnville, Tennessee.  In 2010 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran called him as their pastor among whom he still serves today.

Documents Chairman

Rev. Bruce Ley

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2008-2011.The Rev. Bruce G. Ley graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, in 1994. Prior to entering the seminary (1990), he spent 17 years as an Electrical Engineer in a private electric power company after graduating from Washington State University in 1974. In 1993, he served as a delayed vicar at Christ Lutheran in Veneta, Oregon, where he was subsequently called as Pastor upon graduation from Concordia. In 1997 he received and accepted the call to Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran, Albany, Oregon, where he served until he retired as Emeritus Pastor on January 1, 2017. He served first as Secretary and then Chairman of the CTSFW Alumni Association from 1996-2004. He also served as Superintendent of The Augustana Ministerium from 2008-2011. He lost his wife of 42 years to cancer in 2008, and was married to Kathy in 2011

Technology & Media Chairman

Mr. Gary Baker

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Mr. Gary L. Baker was born July 19, 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  He was Baptized into Christ in 1957 and Confirmed in the Lutheran Faith in 1987.

He graduated from High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1964.  He has three degrees from the University of Nebraska, none of which has made him any smarter.

In 1986 he married Debra R. Daberkow, West Point Nebraska, He has one son, Torrey J. Baker, a Chief Warrant Officer 4 serving in the Nebraska National Guard.

In 2006 Mr. Baker retired a Lieutenant Colonel with 37 years of Active, Reserve and National Guard Service.  He is a Vietnam Veteran and a past Reserve Component Senior Instructor, Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.  In 2014, he retired from the Lincoln (Nebraska) Public Schools with 24 years of service.

Mr. Baker is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska serving as Chairman of the Board of Elders, Stephen Ministry Leader, and Church Council Member.  He previously served as Co-Chair of a successful Capital Campaign and recently retired from the Finance Committee.

He has been a Lay Delegate to the ACELC since its inception.  He currently serves as Conference Chairman for the ACELC.

ACELC Webmaster

Rev. Drew Newman

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Rev. Drew Newman is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kearney, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City). He is married to his wife of 45 years, Linda. They have two adult daughters. Pastor Newman, a 1985 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran since October of 1987. The position of Webmaster is not an elected, but an appointed position. The ACELC webmaster serves at the pleasure of the Board. Pastor Newman is one of the founding members of the ACELC, and his congregation has been a member since 2012.

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