Our Leaders

Rev. Dr. Daniel D. Lute

Lead Pastor and Teacher

Originally from a rural farming community in northwest Indiana, Deb and I left Chinese Faith Baptist Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon where we pastored for almost four years.  Prior to this calling I served as Lead Pastor and Teacher of Word of Life Baptist Church in Alpena, Michigan for twelve years.  


The family farm has been a part of my life for many years but at the age of 33, Jesus called me into the pastorate.  I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Grace College (cum laude, 1997), a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Theological Seminary, endorsed by the University of Liverpool, England (with distinction, 2008), and a Doctorate of Intercultural Studies from Grace Seminary (summa cum laude, 2014).


My faith background begins in the Hanna United Methodist Church where through faithful Sunday school teachers I came to know Jesus as my Savior.  I began to date Deb during my high school years and through her family and her church (Calvary Baptist Church of Valparaiso) began to understand my faith at a deeper level.


I married my high school sweetheart, Deb, in 1982.  We have two adult daughters who are married, and have five grandchildren.  In my leisure time, I work. (Just joking...sort of)  But I also enjoy gardening, biking, hiking, and good jigsaw puzzles.  Contact Pastor Dan at pdanlute@gmail.com   

Elders, Deacons and Staff

  • Brian P. Luckenbill - Director of Music Ministry

  • Ken Gehris - Elder

  • Eric Troutman - Elder

  • Joe Walsh - Elder

  • Paula Swanson - Elder

  • Peg Henderson - Deacon

  • Clair Hess - Deacon

  • Marge Shiner - Deacon

  • Marie Whalen - Deacon

  • Sam Hayes - Deacon

  • Shirley Adam - Deacon

  • Steve Smith - Deacon

  • Thane Lafollette - Deacon

  • Kathy Oberly - Office Manager

  • Shirley Shupe - Facilities Attendant