Office / Administrative Staff

Rev. Arden Charles Strasser, Senior Pastor 

Mary Ann Ho, Office Administrator

Bob Michaelis, Deacon

Florence Poeschke, Deacon

Janet Pinto, Organist, Saturday

Bethany Porter, Organist/Choir Director

Janis Garone, LBS Director

Domingo Rojas, Custodian

Patricia McCarty, Deaf Ministry Coordinator

Jill Ewen, Parish Nurse

Karen Corbett, Parish Nurse

Julie Meier, Sunday School Director

Jo-Ann Rey, Sunday School Pianist/Assistant Director

Robin Lever, Pre-School Director/Teacher

Ruth DeSilva, Pre-School Teacher Assistant

Colleen Smith, Teacher


Pastor Arden Charles Strasser

The image is pastor arden and daughter AleaPastor Arden Charles Strasser

Pastor Strasser is our interim pastor. He speaks widely about God's mission in the world and is specifically interested in communicating with American postmodern culture. Pastor Strasser brings gifts in large event planning, retreat direction, worship music and teaching. Formerly an engineer, he also brings strengths in planning and management.

Previously, he served as pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, in Lafayette, California, from 2000 to 2006, and then was appointed ELCA missionary to Zambia for church leadership development, in southern Africa, until 2014.

Pastor Strasser has earned degrees from the University of Rochester, the University of Colorado, and the University of Natal, South Africa. He is now completing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Drew University. Pastor Strasser has also served on the boards of the Volunteer Missionary Movement and the American International School of Lusaka.

Pastor Strasser lives in Manhattan with his wife Susan, a global health program director at Columbia University. They have two daughters. His hobbies are piano, opera, soccer and volunteering at his daughter's middle school.

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