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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 4-6, 2021
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

Leroy Goertzen

Director, Doctor of Ministry Program

Corban University

Salem, OR


Dr. Leroy Goertzen serves as faculty and administration member of Corban University in Salem, Oregon. He is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, teaches pastoral theology and leadership in Corban's Graduate School of Ministry and mentors ministry leaders in creating and carrying out their doctoral projects in their ministry contexts.

Dr. Goertzen is a graduate of Grace University (BA), Grace Theological Seminary (ThM) and Talbot School of Theology (DMin). He has served in a wide range of ministry capacities throughout his life, spending 25 years in pastoral ministry.

Leroy grew up a farmer's son in the small Mennonite hamlet of Henderson, Nebraska. There he learned some of the most basic but valuable lessons in life; hard work, family life, making things grow, and coping with the changes and conflicts that are natural to the rhythms of nature.

Leroy and his wife Karen (Unruh) have been married for 40 years. They have 3 daughters; Tanya, Angie, and Mindy, 3 sons-in-law and 7 grandchildren. Leroy loves spending time with his family, (grandchildren in particular!), playing guitar, mandolin and percussion instruments, keeping abreast of Big Red (the Nebraska Cornhuskers Football team) and engaging in outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.

2017 Workshop

Pastors: Redeeming Conflict in Ministry


All of life is surrounded by conflict. It's everywhere and plays an integral role in how life works in the post-Edenic world. Aspects of conflict are certainly highlighted in God's judgment pronunciation in Genesis 3. The entrance of sin in to the world has made conflict inevitable. Deny it as we may, the sinner in us seems oriented toward living and dying in conflict. If, however, that were the only context by which we were to understand conflict, our perspective would certainly be negative and depressing. Unfortunately, that IS what most people believe, particularly those in ministry who often feel particularly vulnerable to conflict's negative impact. As a result conflict is often avoided and mishandled - and that - to everyone's poverty.

What if conflict was not a problem to be avoided, but an opportunity to be embraced? What if we were to live into conflict's redemption-pointing, reconciliation-creating potential? What if we could see the fall's corrupting influence in conflict through the lens of the gospel's redeeming power?

In this seminar, Dr. Goertzen provides a refreshingly positive perspective toward conflict. If the world is a cauldron of conflict, learners are challenged to enter into it and learn its lessons well--lessons that will expose the myths that keep the flames of conflict burning hotter than what they really are or need to be.