Please Note: The ACELC Board of Directors are elected each year at our annual Free Conference and Meeting. At the Board Meeting following the Annual Meeting the Board will self-organize. Board members serve voluntarily and without compensation. All funds donated to the ACELC are used for expenses deemed necessary for the operation of the ACELC under the guidelines of our 501(C)3 designation. Financial reports are available upon request.


Rev. Dan Freeman

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The Rev. Daniel L. Freeman son of Keith and Sharon Freeman was born in Corvallis, Oregon on December 21, 1972. He was reborn of water and the Spirit on January 21, 1973.

He was raised in Albany, Oregon where he graduated from West Albany High School in 1991. In 1995, He graduated with a B.A. in Theological Studies from Concordia College in Portland, Oregon. He attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (when it was on DeMun; before it moved to Seminary Place) where he graduated with an M.Div. in 1999.

He served as pastor of Grace and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran churches in Three Forks and Ennis, Montana from 1999-2002 and has served as pastor of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, U.A.C. in Chehalis, Washington from 2002 – present.

While attending Concordia College, he met his future wife, Dawn Iverson. They were married in Damascus, Oregon in March of 1997. The Lord has blessed (and, at times, befuddled) them with four children, Hannah, Rachel, Jonah, and Abigail.

Pastor Freeman enjoys both fishing and hunting and finds that catching and killing are not absolutely necessary for the enjoyment. (Many years, it’s a good thing he feels that way.)


Rev. David McMinn

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Documents Chairman

Rev. Bruce Ley

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2008-2011.The Rev. Bruce G. Ley graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, in 1994. Prior to entering the seminary (1990), he spent 17 years as an Electrical Engineer in a private electric power company after graduating from Washington State University in 1974. In 1993, he served as a delayed vicar at Christ Lutheran in Veneta, Oregon, where he was subsequently called as Pastor upon graduation from Concordia. In 1997 he received and accepted the call to Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran, Albany, Oregon, where he served until he retired as Emeritus Pastor on January 1, 2017. He served first as Secretary and then Chairman of the CTSFW Alumni Association from 1996-2004. He also served as Superintendent of The Augustana Ministerium from 2008-2011. He lost his wife of 42 years to cancer in 2008, and was married to Kathy in 2011

Technology & Media Chairman

Mr. Gary Baker

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Mrs. Ginny Valleau

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Mrs. Ginny Valleau is a native of northern Minnesota.  She grew up on a dairy farm 100 miles south of the Canadian border. After high school she attended and graduated from Bemidji State College in Bemidji, Minnesota.  From there she went to Washington, D.C., to work for the federal government, retiring in 2007 from the Federal Aviation Administration in Kansas City, Missouri. 
Since retirement, Ginny spends her time doing volunteer work for Lutheran confessional organizations and helping her husband, John Valleau, with their home business, JG Imprinters (, which is mostly internet driven. Ginny is a member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kansas City, where she is one of the organists. Her position as Secretary for the ACELC is by appointment.

ACELC Webmaster

Rev. Drew Newman

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Rev. Drew Newman is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kearney, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City). He is married to his wife of 45 years, Linda. They have two adult daughters. Pastor Newman, a 1985 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran since October of 1987. The position of Webmaster is not an elected, but an appointed position. The ACELC webmaster serves at the pleasure of the Board. Pastor Newman is one of the founding members of the ACELC, and his congregation has been a member since 2012.

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