Dr. Dennis Baker is a graduate of Biola University (BA); Western Seminary (MDiv);
Denver Seminary (MA); and Talbot School of Theology (D.Min). He completed additional doctoral studies at Bethel Seminary.
He shared life and ministry for 55 years with his wife, Lynette, a Registered Nurse. She died in August 2021 of Alzheimer's complications. The three adult children are Suzanne Daniel of Bend, Oregon; Rachelle Trigueros of Long Beach, California; and Meredith Wilson, who lives in Lakewood, California. His life has been further enriched through three terrific son-in-laws and six wonderful grandchildren, who enjoy, expand, entertain, and encourage all who meet them.
Baker, an ordained minister, served as an Associate Pastor in Christian Education and Youth Ministry in Oregon, California, Colorado and Massachusetts. His Ministry Journey includes Seminary Teaching and Administration at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon plus being a Senior Pastor in Minnesota for a decade.
From 1987-1997 he served the wider Body of Christ as the Regional Executive Director for an association of churches, CBA of Southern California and as the General Director of CBAmerica, the national association of 1200 churches.
Dennis has served on a number of Boards for Christian Ministries and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Leadership Journal. In addition to being the author of a widely used and quoted Pastoral Search Manual, he has personally equipped and worked with over 425 Senior Pastor Search Teams and hundreds of Associate Searches.
Since 1997 he has been deeply involved, with great joy, helping churches, Christian leaders and Christian organizations pursue more intentional Kingdom ministry through his service as Senior Ministry Consultant with The Goehner Group and “CAM - Church Assistance Ministry” (www.churchassistanceministry.org). He also served as Director of Placement, Coaching & Transitions with EFCAWest (www.EFCAWest.org}.
One of his associates of long standing refers to himself as "one of Dennis's 2,000 closest friends." This reflects the almost inexhaustible number of relationships that Dennis has acquired, cultivated and continues to maintain as he continues to serve his Lord.
[Dennis passed into eternity February 1, 2023]
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