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Greetings from Pastor Valerie Carlson and Pastor Dan Carlson!

Pastor Valerie and Pastor Dan

Pastor Valerie holds a B.A.  in Social Work from the University of Washington and a M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkely, CA.  She has served as the pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bakersfield.  Pastor Dan holds a B.A. of Philosophy from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkely and was pastor of Christian Education at Emmanuel Lutheran in Bakersfield. Valerie and Dan are parents to two labradoodles and baby Cora.


Pastor Valerie’s favorite and strongest role is preaching, and she does it with endless enthusiasm for life, Lutheranism and Jesus Christ!  Pastor Dan’s past experience and love for outdoor and young adult ministries fit perfectly with Mt. Carmel's Lutheran Campus Ministry.  Valerie and Dan both love spending time outdoors with participating in ultimate Frisbee one of their favorites.


Come grow with Mt. Carmel and join in our spiritual journey! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the office at, or either of us at and