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Dennis Baker

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Senior Consultant

Dennis provides churches with pastoral and executive leadership development; executive and pastoral search services; and consultation for ministry transitions.Dr. Dennis Baker is a graduate of Biola University—BA; Western Seminary—MDiv; Denver Seminary—MA; and Talbot School of Theology—DMin. He also completed additional doctoral studies at Bethel Seminary.

Since 1997 Dennis has been deeply involved with ministry consulting and coaching for churches, Christian leaders and Christian organizations as Senior Consultant with The Goehner Group and “Summit Bound.” In addition, he serves as Director of Placement, Transitions and Coaching with EFCA West. He is the author of a widely used and quoted Pastoral Search Manual and has personally equipped and worked with over 400 Pastoral Search Teams and resourced hundreds of Associate Searches.

Dennis serves on a number of Boards for Christian Ministries and with Leadership Journal on the Editorial Advisory Board.

Ordained in 1972, Dennis spent his first ten years of ministry as an Associate Pastor in Christian Education and Youth Ministry in Oregon, Colorado and Massachusetts. The second decade of his ministry was as a Senior Pastor in Minnesota. From 1987-1993 he served the wider Body of Christ as the Regional Executive Director for an association of churches, CBA of Southern California. He ministered as the General Director of CBAmerica, the national association of 1200 CBA churches from 1993-1997.

Dennis recently celebrated his 41st wedding anniversary with his wife, Lynette, who is a registered nurse. They have three adult children: Suzanne Baker of Bend, Oregon; Rachelle (and son-in-law David) Trigueros of Arvada, Colorado, and Meredith (and son-in-law Tom) Wilson, who live in Long Beach... and four grandchildren who enrich their lives.

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