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The Board of Trustees is excited to introduce

Interim Executive Director, Pastor Tim Peterson

Mount Carmel has been a very important place for my family and myself. My mother-in-law, Alice Eastvold Melby, came to Mount Carmel in one of its earliest years – maybe 1939. My parents, Earl and Lorraine Peterson met each other here in 1946. My wife Donadee and I have been coming every summer since 1995. Our children, Nathan, John, and Elise, all worked here. 


I am an ELCA pastor. I served 28 years as a Chaplain in the Army Reserve and the Minnesota Army National Guard. I have worked as a software developer, trainer, and consultant. I have written a couple of books. 



My most recent jobs have been 15 months as interim pastor of the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (Mindekirken) in Minneapolis (preaching in Norwegian) and 7 months as the interim pastor of the American Lutheran Congregation in Oslo, Norway (preaching in English).


Donadee and I love to bike, swim, and cross-country ski. We have a home in Battle Lake, Minnesota. We have 4 grandchildren.


I want to see Mount Carmel prosper on into the future – to be a place where people are pointed to Jesus Only – a place of blessing, renewal, awakening, and conversion. We need to hear the Good News of Jesus again and again.


Tim will officially start on April 15, 2020 and is contracted for 20-24 months. We look forward to having him and his wife, Donadee join us!

“Thank you for a wonderful week at Mount Carmel. My heart is glad knowing the love you have shown to my children. I love to see their joy radiate through out the week. This is a truly special and unique place.”