Our Pastors

image of the pastors and their childrenPastor Valerie Carlson holds a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Washington and M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA.  She has served as the pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bakersfield. Pastor Valerie’s favorite and strongest role is preaching, and she does it with endless enthusiasm for life, Lutheranism and Jesus Christ!

Pastor Daniel Carlson has earned a B.A. of Philosophy from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. Previously, he was pastor of Christian Education at Emmanuel Lutheran in Bakersfield. Pastor Dan’s past experience and love for outdoor and young adult ministries fits well with Mt. Carmel’s Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Valerie and Dan are parents to daughter Cora and son Thorsten. They love spending time outdoors and playing Ultimate Frisbee.