Sunday, July 18, 2010

Short Bios of Pastors Being Received/Reinstated

Photos by Vince Donovan

Ordained in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Pastor Paul Brenner has 30 years of leadership in the hospice movement and 10 years experience as an inner city parish pastor. Paul's notable achievements include developing an innovative national program of All Inclusive Care for Children and Their Families; the the first Palliative Care program for Persons living with Alzheimer's Disease; the first hospice program for the Deaf; and the first Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care in a Medical Center.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and ordained along with Ruth Frost and Phyllis Zilhart on January 20, 1990 with a call from First United Lutheran Church, Pastor Jeff R. Johnson is currently the pastor of University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley, on the Steering Committe for the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, is facilitating the East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition and is a member of the Syond Council. Jeff's notable achievements include founding the predecessor bodies of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries; serving two terms as Dean of the San Francisco Conference; and as member of the Steering Committee for Religious Witness with Homeless People.

A graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and ordained in 1978 in the Lutheran Church of America, Pastor Ross D. Merkel is the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA. Prior to being called to St. Paul in 1982, Ross served as a Refugee Resettlement Coordinator with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest in Phoenix, AZ and prior to that as Associate Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Phoenix.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and ordained February 18, 2001, Pastor Craig Minich is currently serving the East Bay Lutheran Youth Program with calls from St. Paul Lutheran, United Lutheran, Oakland, Trinity-Oakland, Trinity-Alameda, and Resurrection Lutheran.

A graduate of Lutheran Seminary and ordained on June 16, 2007, Pastor Dawn Roginski is the former Associate Pastor and Director of Parish Programs at St. Francis Lutheran Church, San Francisco. Dawn's notable achievements include serving in leadership roles on the Lutherans Concerned/North America board, on the leadership team for the ELM roster, serving for 10 years at a residential treatment facility for seriously mentally ill patients at Boston Health Care in Minneapolis and then as a chaplain at a residential treatment center for children in Kansas City, MO.

A graduate and candidate for the Doctorate of Ministry degree at the Pacific School of Religion and ordained on November 18, 2006, Pastor Megan Rohrer is the Executive Director of Welcome with calls from St. Francis Lutheran, Iglesia de Santa Maria y Marta, herchurch and Christ Church, in San Francisco, the Project Manager of Project Homeless Connect's Growing Home Community Garden and a board member of the Sojourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital. Megan's notable achievements include serving as the Director of Candidacy for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, on the Steering Committee for the San Francisco Trans March, as an author for the Human Rights Campaign's Out In Season: the Church Year Through Transgender Eyes and winner of Out History's Since Stonewall Local History Competition.

A graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and ordained on May 12, 2002, a is the former chaplain of the Lutheran Ministry to Nursing Homes where she was called by St. Paul Lutheran, Resurrection Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran in Oakland and Trinity Lutheran Church, Alameda.

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