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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: The Times - They are A-Changin': How to Navigate Change in a Changing World


The times they are achangin' - at least that is what Bob Dylan penned in his song by that name in the turbulent 60's (1964). What was true then, is even more true today as the winds of change have only increased exponentially. And yet, interestingly, we chafe at the thought of it. Why? Is change always for the worst? Do we need to approach it negatively or as an action of last resort? Is change always to be associated with the slippery slope of liberalism or decay as some would have us believe? This workshop seeks to help us navigate change by helping us view it more realistically, that is, more positively and constructively. Attendees will be introduced to a biblical theology of change that will enable them to understand and even participate in the changes taking place in their churches and ministries. Additionally, we will discover that change is at the heart of the transforming nature of the Gospel and central to the task of the precious Holy Spirit.

Workshop Handouts: Navigating Change (docx)