Member of Grace Lutheran Church, Kelowna BC
I have been on the roster of ordained clergy of the ELCI since June of 2000, and am gaining experience in the area of the pastoral ministry and all the call to pastor a congregation entails. I have served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church from ordinatioordination to the present. I have served in the church for many years prior to attending Seminary. I have served on many congregational boards, including a three-year term on the Board of Deacons. The Board which was responsible for the visitation of the sick and shut in, and the assistance of families and individuals who experienced emotional and financial setbacks. The Board had an annual budget and routinely offered substantial financial assistance to families and individuals. I served as interim chairperson of a Lutheran congregation in Escondido, California, with a baptized membership of about 1,800 and a school with about 280 students from k-grade 8. I also served in worship, as both lector and worship assistant. I have served as a Sunday school teacher and adult Bible study leader. I served for 6 years as a member of the board of directors of a homeowner’s association responsible for the maintenance of the common areas of a large residential subdivision in Escondido, California. I graduated from Western State University College of Law in San Diego California in May of 1982, with a Juris Doctorate degree. Following graduation I took and passed the California Bar Examination. I was admitted to the California State Bar in December of 1982. I practiced law in San Diego, California, for 13.5 years prior to entering Seminary at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. My practice emphasized securities work, namely, the representation of clients in connection with the formation of limited partnerships for the purpose of acquiring real estate and drilling for oil and natural gas, and the marketing of these investment units. My representation included structuring and overseeing the acquisition of the underlying property, drafting partnership agreements and advising the general partners on marketing issues. My practice included some civil litigation and estate planning/administration. My practice required that I be familiar with and be able to apply complex rules of law and procedure to diverse situations.
I believe that the Court of Adjudication plays an important function in the life of the ELCIC, specifically, serving as a appellate body from decisions of the church. I believe that my legal background has provided me with certain skills which would be helpful on the Court of Adjudication, namely, the ability to identify the relevant issues imbedded in complicated factual situations, and the ability to understand and apply complex rules of procedure to complicated factual situations I also believe that my theological education would be an asset in unraveling and resolving the complicated factual situations which are faced by the Court of Adjudication.