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Mission Partners

ELM Grants

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Each year, ELM supports ministry by publicly-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender rostered and queer leaders through our Grants program.  We have provided over $750,000 in funding for ministry by LGBT leaders since 1990.  ELM awarded $62,000 in Mission Partner Grants in 2011.  The grant recipients are selected by the Grants program, led by Margaret Moreland.

2011 Grant Recipients

ELM will give away $62,000 in 2011 to support ministry by LGBTQ rostered leaders. This year’s grant recipients are:

EcoFaith Recovery

EcoFaith Recovery

EcoFaith Recovery

Portland, OR: Rev. Robyn Hartwig $15,000

ELM continues to support this ministry that: “Develops and supports spiritual recovery from the addictive patterns of human life that contribute to the climate crisis, heighten social injustice, deprive people of spiritual meaning, and threaten life on earth.

The means of fostering eco-spiritual recovery includes retreats, workshops, spiritual practices, institutional reform, and pilgrimages to reconnect with the natural world.”- EcoFaith website

Chicago, IL: Rev. Erik Christensen $6,000

St. Luke’s continues to experience growth in membership and development. Outreach to the community for music & arts and healing & healthcare continues, along with partnering with neighborhood organizations.

Houston, Texas: Rev. Lura Groen $15,000

This urban congregation continues to grow and expand. One recent significant project is the development of Montrose Grace Place, whose mission is: “not to evangelize, convert, judge or shame, but to provide a safe, welcoming environment for vulnerable homeless youth of all sexualities and gender identities, providing nourishment, healthy relationships and hope for the future.”- Grace Lutheran Church website


Rev. Pieter Oberholzer (center)

South Africa: Rev. Pieter Oberholzer $8,000

This new grant will fund outreach to churches in southern Africa that are welcoming and affirming, where LGBTQ people can participate fully and be strengthened in their spiritual, psychological and sexual identity as human beings. IAM will host programs that support, empower and stimulate dialogue. Check out their new website (above).

Rev. Dan Hooper

Rev. Dan Hooper


Hollywood Lutheran Church

Los Angeles, CA: Rev. Dan Hooper (pictured left) $18,000

This new grant will provide pastoral, mental health and community services to prisoners, parolees, and those who are homeless. This grant will further develop ministry to marginalized populations.


Former ELM Grant Recipients

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

These ministries were formerly served by ELM rostered clergy and received financial support.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Newmarket, Ontario)
Funding the ministry of Pastor Lionel Ketola, ELM Roster, who is reaching out to form reconciling congregations across Canada.

Bethany Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN)
A growing congregation in an urban setting, formerly served by Pastor Jay Wiesner, ELM Roster.

Third Act Ministry (Twin Cities, MN)
Reaching people with spiritual guidance in the third act of their lives. Directed by Pastor Ruth Frost, ELM Roster and Pastor Richard Andersen, ELM Roster).

University Lutheran Chapel (Berkeley, CA)
A Lutheran campus ministry, served by Pastor Jeff Johnson, ELM Roster.

Rev. Craig Minich
Oakland-Berkeley Lutheran Youth Program, ELCA

St. Paul Lutheran Church
1658 Excelsior Ave.
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 530-1355
A ministry of the East Bay Lutheran Parish. Participating congregations: St. Paul, United & Resurrection Lutheran Churches of Oakland and University Lutheran Chapel of Berkeley, CA

Rev. Megan Rohrer
Welcome Ministry

1751 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 776-5552 ext. 310
An ecumenical ministry serving the homeless in San Francisco, CA

Rev. Anita Hill
Wingspan Ministries
100 N Oxford St.
St. Paul, MN 55104-6540
(561) 224-3371

Rev. Richard Andersen and Ruth Frost
Third Act Ministry
100 N Oxford St
St. Paul, MN 55104-6540
(561) 224-3371

Rev. Jay Wiesner
Bethany Lutheran Church, ELCA

2511 East Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Revs. Ruth Frost, Phyllis Zillhart and Michael Hiller
St. Francis Lutheran Church

152 Church St.
San Francisco, CA
(816) 452-1222

Rev. Anita Hill
St. Paul Reformation Lutheran, ELCA

100 N Oxford St.
St. Paul, MN 55104-6540
(561) 224-3371

Intern Lionel Ketol
Holy Cross Lutheran, ELCiC

New Market, Ontario

Rev. Jeff Johnson (1999-present)
University Lutheran Chapel, ELCA

2425 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 843-6230

Rev. Donna Simon
Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA
5090 NE Chouteau Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64119
(816) 452-1222

Rev. Jeff Johnson (1990-99) and Rev. Lyle Beckman (2001-03)
First United Lutheran Church

6555 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121

Rev. Dan Hooper
Hollywood Lutheran Church, ELCA
1733 N New Hampshire
Hollywood, CA 90027
(323) 667-1212

Rev. Steve Sabin
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, ELCA

2126 Gable Lane
Ames, IA 50014
(515) 233-2350

Intern Jodi Barry
Grace University Lutheran Church, ELCA
Minneapolis, MN

Rev. Jenny Mason
Central City Lutheran Mission, ELCA

1354 North “G” St.
San Bernardino, CA 92405
(909) 381-6921

Intern Jaimie Wilson (Pastor Robin Hartwig, supervisor)
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, ELCA
4641 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
Seminarian Intern from Luther Seminary

Rev. Pieter Oberholzer
Inclusive and Affirming Ministries
Cape Town, South Africa
An ecumenical ministry serving the sexual minority community of South Africa

Rev. Deb Click
PRISM Ministries

Granville, OH

Rev. James Bischoff
The Church of All Saints

San Marcos, CA

Mission Projects

These Special Projects received financial support from ELM.

Call to Witness
Pam Walton Productions

Box 391025, Mt. View, CA 94039
(650) 960-3414
A documentary film project regarding the call and ordination of several ELM clergy

THIS obedience
Aquaries Media

St. Paul, MN
A documentary film project regarding the call and ordination of Rev. Anita Hill