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Rev. Christopher Browne

Our Savior Lutheran Church

pastor-oslcms@sbcglobal.net

 

When he entered college [MIT], Rev. Browne thought he was going to become an astrophysicist. God had other plans. Before he knew it, he had graduated from Concordia College in New York with a degree in Elementary Eduction & Music Education and was teaching at a Lutheran School in Brooklyn, and playing the organ for the tri-lingual congregation (German, English, and Spanish). There he met and married Isabelle. Later both of their children were baptized there: Josh on Christmas Eve soon after his adoption was finalized, and Becca in June 2 months after her birth. At that time "Mr. Browne" was teaching Math at Martin Luther High School in Maspeth, NY, after having earned a MS in Math from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

The Brownes continued to bounce back and forth from New York to Chicago. AFter teaching Math at Concordia University at River Forest, "Prof. Browne" became "Mr. Browne" again in the Math department at Luther East High School in Lansing, IL. From there the Browne family moved to St. Louis where "Dad" worked on his MDiv at Concordia Seminary. In 2000 "Rev. Browne" was ordained and installed at St. Philip Lutheran on Bryn Mawr near Western Ave.
Since 2009, he serves Our Saviour Lutheran Church where he still accompanies services by piano or organ from time to time. He also teaches 6th Grade Religion at Unity West.

Rev. Fernando Gomez

Jehovah El Buen Pastor

viniciogomez@yahoo.com

 

Rev. Fernando Gomez is the Pastor at Jehovah El Buen Pastor, and Math Teacher at Lutheran Unity School East Campus. He grew up in Guatemala. He married his wife, Gladys in 1981 and she gave him two beautiful sons, Johnathan and Bryan. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Mathematics and Physics from San Carlos University, Guatemala in 1982. He worked as a Math and Science teacher in public schools in Guatemala. He moved to the USA in 1993. He graduated with a Bachelors in Arts degree from Northeastern University, Chicago, IL in May of 2001. He graduated with a Masters in Divinity from McCormick Seminary Chicago, IL in 2008. In October 2009, he started his colloquy process to be a LCMS Pastor. He accepted his first call in the LCMS as Vacancy Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran located in Racine Wisconsin in 2009.  After serving Holy Cross Lutheran as Vacancy for 11 months, Pastor Fernando accepted the Call to serve as Vacancy Pastor of Jehovah El Buen Pastor Lutheran Chicago, IL 4 years ago. He finished his colloquy process to be a Lutheran Pastor this summer 2014. One of his favorite Bible verses is: Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

Rev. Fernando Gómez es el Pastor vacante de Jehová El Buen Pastor, y profesor de matemáticas en el Campus Lutheran Unity School Oriente. Se crió en Guatemala. Se casó con su esposa, Gladys en 1981 y ella le dio dos hermosos hijos Johnathan y Bryan. Se graduó con una licenciatura en Ciencias en Matemáticas y Física de la Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala en 1982, trabajó como profesor de matemáticas y ciencias en las escuelas públicas de Guatemala. Se trasladó a EE.UU. en 1993, se graduó y recibió una Licenciatura en Artes de la Universidad Northeastern Chicago IL, en Mayo de 2001 Se graduó con una Maestría en Divinidad del Seminario McCormick de Chicago, IL en 2008 En octubre de 2009, comenzó su proceso de coloquio para ser un Pastor LCMS. Aceptó su primer llamado en LCMS como Pastor vacante en la Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz situada en Racine Wisconsin en 2009. Después de servir en Iglesia Luterana La Santa Cruz como Vacante durante 11 meses, hace 4 años el Pastor Fernando aceptó el llamado a servir como Pastor Vacante en la Iglesia Luterana Jehová El Buen Pastor en Chicago, IL. Este verano 2014 Terminó su proceso coloquio para ser un pastor luterano. Uno de sus versos favoritos de la Biblia es: Josué 1: 9 “Mira que te mando que te esfuerces y seas y valiente. No tengas miedo; no temas ni desmayes, porque Jehová tu Dios estará contigo en dondequiera que vayas”.

 

 

Rev. Daniel Teller

St. Paul Lutheran Church

teller4ds@aol.com

 

Rev. Daniel J. Teller was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Utica, Michigan.  He graduated from Adlai Stevenson High School, Sterling Heights, Michigan, with honors and a four year scholarship in Forensics from Eastern Michigan University.  He graduated from Concordia, Ann Arbor, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, and in 1990, Pastor Dan received his Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He majored in Practical Theology. 

            Pastor Dan is presently serving St. Paul Lutheran Church, on Canfield in Chicago.  He served previously at St. Paul Church and School, Dolton, IL, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Sonshine Preschool, Prospect Heights, IL. And Grace Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

            Pastor Dan has faithfully served the larger Lutheran Church Missouri Synod by developing and serving on the Board of Directors of the five district Great Lakes Great Commission  Initiative, `93-01.  Pastor Dan served the Northern Illinois District for 21 years as: District Representative to the Great Commission Convocation `93, member of the Board of Evangelism (3 yrs.), Regional and General Pastoral Conference Registrar (5 yrs.), DE II Trainer, Stephen Ministry Trainer, Peacemaker Trainer, District Secretary (9 yrs.), North Region Vice President (6 yrs.), District Board of Directors (5 mos.).  Pastor Dan has also served as South Region Vice President (3 years) in the Ohio District.  Pastor Dan has also served Synod on the LCMS Convention Nominations Committee (1 term) and on the LCMS Convention Floor Committee on Structure and Governance (3 terms).  Vicarage supervisor for two vicars.

            Pastor Dan and his wife Sharon have completed three years of ministry education at the Pastoral Leadership Institute. 

            

Rev. Vern Wendt

Messiah Lutheran Church

vernwendt@aol.com

 

Rev. Wendt is a native of Michigan. He received his B.A. from Concordia College-Ann Arbor in 1986. He has a Master of Divinity (1990), as well as a PhD in Missiology (2000) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Wendt has served as sole pastor of St. Paul and St. Philip Lutheran Churches in Jackson, Mississippi, Christ English Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, and Grace Lutheran Church in Los Angeles. He also served as the English speaking pastor and mission developer at Bethel Lutheran Church in Seoul, South Korea. He is married to MiRan (Lee) whom he met while serving in Seoul.

  Dr. Wendt's dissertation, "The Application of the Christian Faith by Small College Christian American Athletes within the Sport of Basketball" was published by the University of Oregon Microform Publications in Sport and Human Performance. Dr. Wendt has a deep passion for sharing the love of Jesus with others that they "may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18). The greatest evidence of that love is in His sending His only begotten Son to suffer and die on the cross, that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16)! Dr. Wendt was installed as Messiah's pastor on July 1, 2012.

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