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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: Answers for Genuine Spiritual Change


Spiritual formation is all the rage! An avalanche of materials has buried the readership in how-to principles and strategies intended to help believers grow in their relationship with God. There is so much good reading available! But the transformation into Christlikeness that ministry practitioners long for in themselves and those they minister to seems as elusive as ever. This is not to say that spiritual growth isn’t happening; we certainly believe God’s good work in His people through His Spirit and His Word is advancing. But research suggests that broad, deep spiritual change isn’t being evidenced within the Church at large. Most spiritual markers assessing Christian spirituality point downward.

Are there “other” issues related to the Church’s vision and mandate to be discipled to maturity that have gotten lost in the discussion? Well, Yes and No! Spiritual formation is predominantly a matter of the heart. Transformation must begin at the very place where entrenched, storied sinfulness resides. Many spiritual practices, as cherished as they are, may promote moralistic behavior that thwarts real spiritual progress because they are not allowed to penetrate the heart.

This workshop helps learners understand the place of the heart in spiritual formation and how believers, in cooperation with the Spirit, can use biblical-spiritual practices to transform hearts of stone into hearts of flesh thereby experiencing that deeply-desired growing relationship with God.