Our Pastor

Pastor John was born in Minnesota and moved to California when he was a teenager. He graduated from high school in Santa Cruz, California and attended California Concordia College (Oakland) for 2 years.

 

He then attended San Jose State College for four years, receiving a joint degree in Philosophy and Psychology. Following his graduation from San Jose State he attended Concordia Seminary, St.Louis, Missouri. After the split in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, he graduated from Christ Seminary Seminex in 1975, and was ordained in Burlingame, CA in 1976 (having been called as an Apartment Minister in the Burlingame/San Mateo area).

 

Pastor John is married to Marcia, and they reside in the Evergreen area of San Jose. They have one daughter, Lara, who is married and lives in Oklahoma, with her husband Russell, where she is a horse trainer. They have two grandchildren -- Trace  and Brooklyn.

 

Outside of Holy Redeemer, Pastor John is engaged in ecumenical and interfaith work on the local, state and national level as well as being a tireless advocate for marginalized workers. He also reads incessantly, is a sports fanatic, and collects chess sets, crosses and arks (as in "Noah").

June 27, 2022

WHEREAS further disclosure and transparency concerning the reasons for the closure of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco are needed, particularly as this pertains to the pastorate of Pastor Megan Rohrer; and

WHEREAS it appears that a full disclosure of the litigation in which Pastor Rohrer and Grace Lutheran Church were involved to the Members of the Sierra Pacific Synod in Assembly might well have resulted in a different election result when Pastor Megan Rohrer was elected as Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod; and

WHEREAS Bishop Rohrer exhibited a lack of Christian grace, toward their staff and Pastor Nelson Rabell-Gonzalez, in the handling of the issues surrounding Pastor Nelson Rabell-Gonzalez and the congregation of Mision Latina Luterana (now known as Iglesia Santa Maria Peregrina); now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, until such time as these issues are addressed by the National Expression of the ELCA, and either rectified or refuted, and notification given to the church-at-large, Holy Redeemer American Lutheran Church of San Jose:

  • will not participate in Sierra Pacific Synod meetings/assemblies; and
  • will not remit any contributions for the direct support of the Sierra Pacific Synod; and
  • will continue to monitor the situation in the SPS and research cogent questions in order to make a further decision.

Passed Unanimously

Holy Redeemer American Lutheran Church

San Jose, CA

Special Congregational Meeting

April 24, 2022


Sunday

Celebration & Communion

10:00am

 


 

Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church

is a

NAMI - Santa Clara County

Mental Health Friendly

Stigma Free

Faith Community

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Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church

is a

Reconciling in Christ Congregation

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