Pastor Greg Ronning To Leave TLU After More Than Two Decades of Service
Pastor Greg Ronning announced today that he is resigning at the end of this fall semester in order to accept a call to a new ministry in Southern California. Pastor Ronning describes his new call as an opportunity to create a new kind of church.
“This nontraditional mission start will be grounded in creative liturgical worship, community engagement, service to those in need, and boundless hospitality,” Pastor Ronning said. “The vision is that this faith community will never build a church with a steeple but rather meet in a warehouse or store front, a bi-vocational facility that will not only gather people for worship but also host community events, service projects, outreach ministries and activities for personal renewal. In many ways, all the work I have done at TLU has prepared me to take this next call in ministry developing a new and creative faith community with intentional hopes and dreams to reach out to young adults, the non-churched and the marginalized.”
Pastor Greg came to TLU in 1993 from his position as Associate Pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Calif. He is a 1982 graduate of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, a 1988 graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley and was ordained in 1988. He and his wife, Melissa, have two adult children both living in California.
TLU President Stuart Dorsey expressed both sadness and well wishes from the campus community.
“I say a heartfelt thank you to Pastor Greg for his 20 years of devoted and talented service to TLU as our campus pastor,” President Dorsey said. “We will miss the Ronnings, but extend to them our very best wishes and prayers for God’s blessings on their new venture.“
Texas Lutheran University will undertake a national search to identify a new campus pastor with the goal of having that person in place by next academic year. Meanwhile, TLU will seek an interim pastor to lead and oversee worship life and other campus religious activities for the coming spring semester.