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our staff:
About the PSD

About the PSD

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president's office
Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson

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

Mission Executive

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 230

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Rev. Jim Henkell

Ministry Executive

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 233

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Jon Niederbrach

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 227

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Aaron Lucas

Communications and Technology
Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 218
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Dr. Victoria Littlefield-Waufle

Lay Ministry Training

Phone: 760-419-8898

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Rev. Dr. Richard Paul

Intentional Interim Ministry

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Kelly DeJongh

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 200
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accounting office
Cathy Korp 

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

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Emily Chartier

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 213

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school ministries
Rachel Klitzing

Executive Director School Ministries

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 223

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Eun Chu Kim

Superintendent of School Innovation 

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 232

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Kim Violette

Administrative Assistant to

Executive Director School Ministries

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 226

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Ellen Pratt

Staff Assistant to School Ministries (P/T)

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 224

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Anna Preus

Staff Assistant to School Ministries (P/T)

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Steve Schedler

PSD DCE Liaison (P/T)

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Lutheran church extension fund
Tyler Fewins

LCEF Vice President

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 207

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Gail Kanneg

LCEF Assistant Vice President

Phone: 949-854-3232 ext. 205

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individuals serving the district
Bruce Benne

District Archivist

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Rev. Rick Stark

I-LERT Disaster Response

Phone: 619-318-0533

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Constitution Committee

Rev. Kerwin Duerr

Rev. Paul Wenz

Mr. John T. Egley

Rev. Ed Killian

Life Ministries

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Deacon Gale Cynova


Phone: 480-381-0932

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Rev. Arthur Stevens

PSD Coordinator for Prison Ministry

Phone: 310-245-0614

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Sherri Spicer RN, MSN

District Representative, Parish Nursing

Phone: 623-693-1929

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board of directors:


Mrs. Laura Rusch, Region 1

Mrs. Joyce Cabrera, Region 2

Mr. Joel Held, Region 3

Mrs. Keri Sparks, 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. Dr. S T Williams, Region 1, Third Vice President

Rev. Dr. Dustin Parker, Region 2, Fourth Vice President

Rev. Jonathan Burkee, Secretary

Ms. Leona Tschopp, Treasurer



Ms. Bonnie Hicks, Region 1

Mrs. Kayleigh Lopez, Region 2

Mrs. Conni Schramm, Region 3

Mrs. Lori Doyle, Region 4



Mr. James Clark

Pres Office

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 cultures 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 passionate 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:

  • 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

  • Mission Development Center, Norwalk, CA

  • University Lutheran Church, UCSD, La Jolla, CA

  • Santo Tomas Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ

PSD  Partners

Click the links below to visit our partners' website

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 -


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