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                                                                                                            April 27, 2022

Dear Central Friends,

Thank you so much for all of your work and your prayers which have been preparing the way for Vicki’s and my arrival at Central.  Last week I concluded my employment at Alexandria College.  Over the weekend, our housing in St Paul was confirmed for a May 1 occupancy.  And next Monday I will be in the office – planning to do a lot of listening and learning.  An enormous amount of details have all come together over the past several weeks, for which we thank God.  I am convinced that no one but God could have arranged everything so perfectly for the beginning of our new life together.
I am so grateful that you have invited me to join you in ministry for this next chapter in the life of Central.  I am optimistic, hopeful, and ready to begin.  As we emerge from the dark days of this pandemic, we have an unparalleled opportunity to listen to God and reimagine what God is calling us to be and do in our lives, homes, church, communities, as well as across the Metro, the state, and around the world.
God has been preparing each one of us for this special moment.  Please listen carefully to the Spirit.  If we each respond to the nudges we sense, we can expect God to do great things through our partnership in the Gospel (see Psalms 126:3 and 34:3).
As we all participate in this new era at Central, I invite each one of you to desire and engage in a renewed emphasis on prayer.  Any good thing that happens at Central will be because God is at work.  I am ready to accept the challenge of joining with God in whatever God is doing.  I trust that you are as well.  So please, commit to praying for yourself, one another, our united ministry, and for your neighbors.  I promise to do the same. 
May God encourage us all!


Craig Dahl


Introducing Craig Dahl

Craig Dahl grew up in the home of a Baptist General Conference/Converge pastor, met Christ at Trout Lake

Camp, graduated from Bethel College in 1975, completed

his M.Div. at Bethel Seminary in 1979, and miniMBA

from the University of St. Thomas in 1995.


Craig served in the following BGC/Converge churches: 

Grace Church, Alexandria, MN; Olivet Baptist, Crystal, MN

Trinity Baptist, St. Paul, MN; First Baptist, Coon Rapids, MN

Calvary Baptist, Meriden, CT; First Baptist, Two Harbors, MN


Craig and Vicki have been married for 46 years.  Vicki is also a Bethel graduate and a violinist with the Central Lakes Symphony

Orchestra.  The Dahls have four adult children and two grandchildren.


Craig describes his ministry gifts as: hospitality, leadership, communication, administration and organization, and prayer.  These ministry gifts, and others, have been affirmed by those who know him well.