Dan grew up in Greenville, SC, in a Christian home fewer than 2 miles from Bob Jones University where his parents have served as staff members for more than 3 decades. Mercifully saved at the age of four, he was further blessed by the outstanding education he received at Bob Jones (K-5 through graduate school) and by the strong, expository pulpit ministry of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Following his first year of seminary, he went on the 1999 BJU Australia team under the direction of Dr. and Mrs. George Matzko. While in North Queensland, he was profoundly influenced by the families and ministries of GFA missionaries Tracy Minnick and Wally Jaworski.
Amy grew up in a solid Christian home in Williamson, NY. Although Bob Jones University was not well-known in the churches and Christian school she attended, Amy was providentially directed to BJU during her senior year of high school. While in college, Amy gained assurance of her salvation, became involved in Mission Prayer Band, and went on the 1995 BJU Mexico Mission Team. Following her graduation with a B.A. in English, Amy stayed at BJU as a graduate assistant and completed a Masters in English education. While considering the pursuit of a degree in linguistics for the purposes of Bible translation, Amy continued at BJU and finished an M.A. in theology during which time she met Dan.
Dan and Amy were married in May of 2001. After Dan finished his seminary class work in 2003, the Bakers went with the 2003 Australia Team in order to explore the possibility of future ministry Down Under.
The Lord used the need for more ministers of the Gospel along with the advice and invitation of Tracy Minnick to direct them back to North Queensland to assist the Minnicks and Jaworskis in equipping Australian pastors.
Since the 2003 mission trip, the Lord has blessed the Bakers with three children, Josh (2005), Emma (2007), and Genevieve (2013). He has also enabled Dan to finish his dissertation (2007) and has given him practical ministry experience in a two-year church internship (2003-2005) and as a staff member at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (2003-2011).
Upon completion of deputation, the Bakers plan to work in Cardwell, North Queensland under the direction of Tracy and Debbi Minnick at Cardwell Baptist Church. While learning the N. Queensland culture and assisting the Minnicks in their local church ministries, the Bakers will also work with the national ministries that help equip and encourage men for ministry: the Cardwell Baptist bookstore ministry and the quarterly publication for pastors, Wellsprings. The Bakers' long-term goal is to help with an orthodox, evangelistic Australian school run by an Australian board of directors and staffed by gifted, mature, fundamental Australians. God will be glorified when that institution fulfills its mission to further "the faith of God's elect" by bringing men who are apt to teach into an experiential knowledge "of the truth which is after [in keeping with] godliness" (Titus 1:1).
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