We are delighted to have Pastor Arden Strasser as our full-time interim pastor. Pastor Arden is often invited to speak about Godís mission in the world and the place of faith in our daily lives. He brings special gifts in retreat direction, worship music, and teaching. Formerly an engineer, he also brings strengths in planning and management. He served as pastor at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church in northern California from 2000 to 2006, and was then appointed ELCA missionary to Zambia for church leadership development in southern Africa until 2014. More recently, he has served as interim pastor at St. David's on Long Island and at St. Andrew's in Yorktown Heights.
Pastor Arden has earned degrees from the University of Rochester, the University of Colorado, and the University of Natal, South Africa. He has also completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Drew University. Pastor Arden has served on the boards of the Volunteer Missionary Movement and the American International School of Lusaka.
Pastor Arden lives in Manhattan with his wife Susan, a professor in public health at Columbia University. They have two daughters, Chloe and Alea. His hobbies are piano, singing, soccer, and volunteering with kids. He loves meeting new people and sharing stories.
Pastor Arden may be reached directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via his cell phone at 917-886-3274.
We are now well along in process of calling a new pastor and hope to call a pastor in early 2018.