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Rev. Darold H. Beekmann (retired)

ADDRESS / PHONE / EMAIL:

Parkshore Senior Campus
3663 Park Center Blvd  #401
St. Louis Park  MN  55416
952.924.0106
dbeekmann@comcast.net

EDUCATION:

  • Wartburg College (B.A.)
  • Wartburg Theological Seminary (M.Div.)
  • Union Theological Seminary, NY (S.T.M.)
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Studied and taught at the Missionsseminar in Neuendettelsau, Germany

PARISH EXPERIENCE:

  • Served four parishes, both as single & member of multiple staff:
  • Staten Island, NY (partime/urban)
  • Greely, CO (small city/suburban)
  • Cosmos/Hector, MN (open country)
  • Benson, MN (small town)

OTHER LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE:

  • Taught courses part time in Biblical Studies at Colorado State University & University of North Colorado;
  • Coordinator of Parish Services for the Southwestern MN District of the former ALC (3 years);
  • Bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota District of the former ALC and Bishop of the ELCA Southwestern Minnesota Synod (12 years);
  • President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (10 years)
  • Author and translator of various publications, including articles on pastoral leadership, ministry among rural people and the relationship between pastor and congregation.

FAMILY:

  • Spouse, Marlene (Thews); daughter, Heidi; son, Timothy; two grandchildren

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“I find myself energized by reflecting with others about their ministry.  Although I think I bring good experience and insight to these discussions, I often find myself wising I could return to some of my own ministry settings and apply things I have learned from these sessions.  I find the coaching model itself uniquely helpful in that:

  • Agendas are set by the person being coached;
  • It is a very simple and direct model;
  • It helps bring clear focus to the ministry situation and to the gifts and resources the person being coached brings to that ministry.”

 

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