our staff:
president's office
Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson

President of the Pacific Southwest District
Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 202

Rev. Dominic Rivkin

Mission & Ministry Services

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 230

Jon Niederbrach

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 227

Aaron Lucas

Communications and Technology
Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 218

Victoria Waufle

Lay Ministry Training

Phone: 760-419-8898


Rev. Dr. Richard Paul

Intentional Interim Ministry

Rev. Ron Rehrer

Counselor for Church Workers

Barbara Farley

Executive Assistant to the President
Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 201

Kelly DeJongh

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 200

accounting office
Cathy Korp 

Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 208

Emily Chartier

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 213

school ministries
Rachel Klitzing

Executive Director School Ministries

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 223

Kim Violette

Administrative Assistant to

Executive Director School Ministries

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 226

Ellen Pratt

Staff Assistant to School Ministries (P/T)

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 224

Anna Preus

Staff Assistant to School Ministries (P/T)


Lutheran church extension fund
Tyler Fewins

LCEF Vice President

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 207

Gail Kanneg

Administrative Assistant

to LCEF Vice President

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 205

individuals serving the district
Bruce Benne

District Archivist


Rev. Ed Killian

Life Ministries


Constitution Committee

Rev. Kerry Duerr

Rev. Bruce Jeske

Ms. Carol Stoop

Rev. Rick Stark

I-LERT Disaster Response

Phone: 619-318-0533


Deacon Gale Cynova



board of directors:


Mrs.Heather Davis, Region 1

Mr. Adam Stadnik, Region 2

Mr. Joel Held, Region 3

Mrs. Linda Tayrien, Region 4


Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson, President

Rev. Vince Harman, Region 4, Chairman, First Vice President

Rev. Tim Eaton, Region 3, Second Vice President

Rev. Dustin Parker, Region 2, Third Vice President

Rev. Dr. S T Williams, Region 1, Fourth Vice President

Rev. Dr. Richard Burkey, Secretary

Ms. Leona Tschopp, Treasurer



Ms. Bonnie Hicks, Region 1

Mr. Karl Fink, Region 2

Mrs. Conni Schramm, Region 3

Mr. Robert Koehne, Region 4



Mr. Julian Fruhling

 Pacific Southwest District-LCMS

1540 Concordia Drive East

Irvine, CA 92612-3203 

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The Pacific Southwest District is comprised of 300 congregations and 168 Lutheran Schools in Southern California, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. It is one of 35 Districts within the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. With an office on the campus of Concordia University in Irvine, CA, the District Staff seeks to “effectively resource congregations and schools for transforming lives and making the Great Commission REAL!”

The congregations of the Pacific Southwest District are called by God and placed in their community to bring the saving news of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament Ministry as well as through Christian Education in Lutheran Schools (Preschools, Elementary and High Schools, as well as Lutheran Universities).

Within the District, many congregations have at least one worship service in a non-English language. God is giving us the privilege of reaching across languages and culture with the Good News of Jesus and his love.

Following the teaching of I Peter 2:9-10, The Pacific Southwest District is a gathering of men and women, professional church workers and lay leaders, in an exciting mission field where God has placed us to serve: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people but now you are the people of God, once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

About us:



Mission Statement

As the Pacific Southwest District, our Mission is to effectively resource congregations and schools for transforming lives and making the Great Commission REAL!

Vision Statement

We envision the PSD as a contagious community of healthy missional congregations with:

    * Courageous leaders transforming their communities
    * An ever-increasing number of people being won to Christ
    * Churches overflowing with ministry partners
    * Schools bursting with dynamic disciples
    * New churches and schools rapidly springing up
    * Lutherans speaking joyfully and publicly about Jesus
    * Believers generously investing their material and spiritual gifts for mission

District-held properties are:

  • University Lutheran Chapel, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

  • La Santa Cruz Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, CA

  • Palabra de Dios Lutheran Church, Maywood, CA

  • San Pedro y San Pablo Lutheran Church, Bell Gardens, CA

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Norwalk, CA

  • University Lutheran Church, UCSD, La Jolla, CA

  • Santo Tomas Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ

2018 audited financial statements:

PSD  Partners

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Concordia Plans Services -

Concordia University Irvine -

Inter-Lutheran Emergency Response Team - Southern California -

LCMS Foundations -

LCMS Life Ministry -

Lutheran Church Extension Fund -

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod -

Lutheran Heritage Foundation -

Lutheran Hour Ministries -

Lutheran Social Services of Nevada -

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California -

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest -

Lutheran Women's Missionary League -


Thrivent Financial -



Pacific Southwest District-LCMS
1540 Concordia Drive East
Irvine, CA 92612-3203

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Note that due to coronavirus concerns PSD staff is currently working remotely. Email and office phones continue to be functional.