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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 Power of the "Next Step"


Ministries and their leaders are often paralyzed with inaction. Many reasons for this exist. It may be that there are too many options. Sometimes a decision seems ominous! At other times, the right/best thing to do seems difficult to deduce. And there can be disagreement; the parties involved have multiple and differing opinions. Whatever the case, indecision often leads to more of the status quo which in turn frustrates people and jeopardizes leadership credibility. Leaders make decisions that lead a ministry forward into God's vision and mission. More often than not, this is accomplished - not by making one big leap in some direction, but by simply taking the next possible step--be it every so small. Mastering the power of the next step is what every leader needs to do to help their ministry continue to move forward, change, and grow according to God's purpose and design. The next positive step helps build momentum, which helps create morale, which facilitates cooperation and participation, which fuels enthusiasm and growth. This workshop helps ministry leaders know how and when to take the next step.

Workshop Handouts: The Power of the Next Step (docx)