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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: Do You Know Your RQ? Why Relational Intelligence may be the Most Important Intelligence You Have


As a college and seminary professor I constantly hear students talk about their GPA's. Graduates are honored with titles such as magna cum laude and summa cum laude - representing the highest levels of academic distinction. And yet, research indicates that these honored levels of intellectual ability do not translate necessarily into ministry success/effectiveness. In fact, it would appear that in some highly respected vocations, high grades do not in fact characterize the best workers. Moreover, it is not unusual to hear about alarming dysfunctions within ministries that appear to be led by intellectually sound and competent leaders. Interestingly, research indicates that most church members leave their church, most churches divide or dissolve and most pastors resign over issues involving interpersonal or intrapersonal conflict - not matters of doctrine or church polity. In our digital age, developing and practicing relational competence is becoming increasingly challenging. This workshop acquaints attendees with the concept of relational intelligence, why it is so important, and how it can be developed.

Workshop Handouts: Relational Intelligence (docx)