Welcome from the pastor
Welcome to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. We are a congregation of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) www.elca.org and the Oregon Synod
www.oregonsynod.org . Since 2009, we have welcomed pastoral interns to Gloria Dei.
This is like student teaching, but for pastors. In January of 2018, we became a
Reconciling in Christ Congregation that welcomes everyone
into all aspects of congregational life and leadership: All gender and sexual expressions
and identities, all ages, all race and ethnicities, all economic and marital situations, and
all physical and mental abilities. We have Sunday School for all ages during the school
year and feature a VBS program in the summer.
I grew up in Wisconsin, went to college at UW-Eau Claire, worked for Wausau Insurance
Companies in Wausau, WI for 6 years before quitting my job to become a youth and
family minister at my home congregation in Merrill, WI. I enjoyed that ministry so much
that I went to Seminary at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA from 1999-
2003. My first call was in Fordville, ND. I have been at Gloria Dei since January of 2007.
I have been married to Jeranna since 1997 and have 4 Children. Annika, Elias, Ezra, and
Marcella. Marcella recently joined our family through the foster care system in Oregon.
I am a busy husband and father. You can often find me at games, meets, concerts, or
picking up my kids from practices. I love to cook. And my hobbies are golf and
racquetball. You can also find me on the local mountain bike trails from time to time.
Thank you for checking us out.
Peace, Pastor Jon Strasman