We are an interdenominational ministry begun with the desire to help bring wholeness to the church by providing care for Christian leaders.
While working with a national evangelistic movement in the mid-1970’s, Dale Frimodt found himself talking with the pastors of many of the churches with which he was coordinating programs. Already a strong believer in the value and mission of the local church, he was struck by the need and desire of many of the pastors to talk with him about the issues they were facing in the day to day task of leading the church. He sensed God’s call to begin a ministry to come alongside them, not as a mental health counselor for someone in crisis, but as a fellow “minister” providing encouragement and support for continuing in ministry.
In 1977, Dale began Barnabas Ministries in Omaha, Nebraska. In the years since then, he has walked with many ministers and ministry couples, often meeting with them for 2-3 days to help them sort through the issues they are facing, other times meeting in person or by phone to serve as a sounding board, participating in God’s work of restoring hope. He has also worked with church leadership teams dealing with conflict issues.
As God began to raise up more ministries and people to serve, the ministry has also served as an administrative umbrella for others to minister, both as staff associates and serving the CareGivers Forum network of ministries.
In 2002 Carl and JoLynn Krause joined, bringing their experience as a pastor and pastor’s wife, qualifications as professional counselors, and missionary experience. For ten years they provided leadership to a missionary counseling retreat ministry, Barnabas Zentrum, in Europe and since 2012 have been providing retreats and counseling in Grand Junction, Colorado.