New Executive Director


Date:  February 8, 2020 – Saturday

RAPID CITY, SD – Dr. Fred MacDonald, Director of Associational Missions for Pecos Valley Baptist Association in New Mexico, was called on February 8 by the Dakota Baptist Convention Executive Board to succeed retired Executive Director/Treasurer Garvon Golden.

“We have great respect for Fred and how God has used him in God’s Kingdom work.  He is not a stranger to the Dakotas, having served in various roles in the Dakotas for over 10 years, and we look forward to his expertise in leading the convention,” said Dude Garrett, Chairman of the Executive Board and pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Fargo, North Dakota.

According to Dude Garret, “The Administrative Committee recommended Dr. MacDonald to the Executive Board after noting his personal life and experience, his understanding of the Dakota Baptist Convention, his experience with treasurer and fiduciary responsibilities, and how he related to the current direction and emphasis of the Dakota Baptist Convention.”

“Over the past 35 years Denise and I have had the blessing of serving God in various churches, associations, and state conventions.  Many of these years have been spent in the Dakotas where we both grew up and went to school.  We have a great love for the Dakotas and for Dakota Baptists.  Serving with the churches of the DBC as Executive Director is an exciting thought.  We are honored to return and serve with the churches of the DBC to fulfill the Great Commission across the Dakotas and around the world,” remarked Dr. MacDonald.

Dr. MacDonald received a Bachelor of Science degree with a marketing education major from the Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 1982.  He received a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in pastoral ministry from The Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, in 1996.  He also received a Doctor of Ministry from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2002.

Prior to being called as the Executive Director/Treasurer, Dr. MacDonald served as senior pastor to churches in New Mexico and South Dakota where evangelism became a strong mark in his ministry.  He served as a NAMB appointed missionary to the Dakota Baptist Convention as the Sending Missionaries Strategist/Regional Missionary and Evangelism Strategist.  Most recently, he served as the Director of Association Missions for the Pecos Valley Baptist Association in New Mexico where he helped establish an international partnership with Hope Baptist Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.  The partnership has seen dozens come to faith in Christ and 21 South African pastors and their wives trained in the biblical basics of pastoral ministry.

He has also written a number of devotional books and training modules including:  “50 Days through 1 Corinthians,” 21 Days on the Mount with Jesus,” “Seeking God’s Face: 40 Days of Spiritual Preparation, “Finding Peace without Going to Pieces,” and “A Theology of Baptism: Rekindling a Passion for Lost Souls.”

Dr. MacDonald and his wife, Denise, have been married for almost 39 years.  They have six children: Joshua MacDonald (wife – Lindsay), Joel MacDonald (wife – April), Michaela Helms (husband – Kris), Bethany Savery (husband – Joe), Kendra MacDonald, and Isaiah MacDonald (wife – Ruth); and five grandchildren.

The Dakota Baptist Convention is a group of 85 churches across North and South Dakota joining together for the purpose of cooperative missions and mission funding.  These churches are also connected to the Southern Baptist Convention with mission work reaching around the world.  Dr. MacDonald will be on field as Executive Director/Treasurer on May 1.