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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.

2018 Workshop

Pastors: How to Gain and Maintain Credibility in Ministry


Current affairs within America's political climate has exposed a genuine lack of leadership credibility. Regardless of political leanings, it is a truism that people won't believe the message if they don't believe the messenger. The skepticism towards leadership and authority that is so innate to post-modernity, is being fueled by the current leadership crisis, particularly the blatant lack of integrity being exhibited in all corners of government. As dark as this may seem, there is an opportunity for the Church to reflect the integrity of its Creator and gain the credibility necessary to speak the gospel into all those places of society that are need of God's presence and power. This can happen if Christian leaders will embrace the standards of integrity and credibility laid out in the Scriptures and lived out by the Savior. This workshop will give attendees a working understanding of what credibility is, how it can be lost, regained and sustained.

Workshop Handouts: How To Maintain Credibility (docx)