Erik Carlson has served rural Dawson Covenant Church for the past seven years. He holds a MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. While pastoring his congregation, he has also served Southwest Minnesota as a hospice chaplain with Rice Memorial Hospital. He received his BS from North Park University with a major in International Business. Erik is married to poet and spiritual director Lauren K. Carlson. Together they have three young sons.