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Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)



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The ELCA is divided geographically into synods. Holy Redeemer is a member of the Sierra Pacific Synod, which includes Northern California and Northern Nevada.






Each synod is divided geographically into conferences. Our conference is the El Camino Real Conference, comprising a majority of the Evangelical Lutheran churches in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and Monterey County.



Lutheran World Relief works with partners in 50 countries to help people grow food, improve health, strengthen communities, end conflict, build livelihoods and recover from disasters.


Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a cooperative program to give refugees "a whole chance at life." LIRS works with all refugees "regardless of national origin, race, religion, culture or legal status". LIRS has increasingly reached out to those who do not fall under official federal programs. They include asylum seekers, undocumented persons and other vulnerable immigrants. Those served also include persons who are here as permanent residents and need help with legal issues or the steps to citizenship.


Lutheran Social Services of Northern California is a part of a network of nearly 300 Lutheran social service organizations across the country. Services are available to everyone. The LSS mission is to respond to the biblical mandates of compassion and justice, affirm the inherent worth of all people and strive to prevent and alleviate human suffering.


Lutheran Lay Renewal (LLR) is a independent evangelical organization of Lay people that is not affiliated with any specific congregation or synod within the Lutheran family of churches. LLR provides a means for Lutheran congregations to recognize and define, or redefine their mission, by experiencing a spiritual renewal of the membership.




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


Celebration & Communion




Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church

is a

NAMI - Santa Clara County

Mental Health Friendly

Stigma Free

Faith Community




Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church

is a

Reconciling in Christ Congregation



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