Caleb Kolstad, Senior Pastor
Pastor Caleb moved to Freeport from Indianapolis where he served as an Associate Minister from 2005-2008. While serving at First Baptist Carmel, Caleb was responsible for overseeing a variety of ministries including: adult ministries, children and student ministries, local outreach ministries, as well as managing the churches’ staff. Before ministering there, Caleb was a deacon at Grace Community Church under the leadership of Pastor John MacArthur. Caleb’s personal mentorships with Pastors Jerry Wragg, Carey Hardy, Kent Kolstad, and Joe Flatt have forever shaped his life and ministry.
Caleb earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Biblical studies from the Master’s College. In 2005 he graduated from the Master’s Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Caleb is a second generation shepherd. Our pastor is currently pursuing his Doctorate at Ligonier Academy in Sanford, Florida.
Caleb’s bride Andrea received her MA in Biblical Counseling from the Master’s College. She has been a guest speaker at the “Women Discipling Women” Conference. Our pastor’s wife is also a certified member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. When she is not homeschooling or caring for her family Andrea loves serving God’s people in the local church.
Caleb and Andrea have been happily married since 2003 and are the proud parents of Evelyn, Jude, Annie, and Katie. In his free time Caleb enjoys fellowshipping with family and friends, watching or playing sports, blogging, and reading.