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Pastor Erik Goehner

Pastor Erik Goehner

By Feb 09, 2016

Pastor Erik greets

Meet Pastor Erik!


Pastor Erik joined Holy Trinity in January 2015 as Senior Pastor, after having served as Associate Pastor for fourteen years at Mt. Cross Lutheran Church in Camarillo.  While at Mt. Cross, Pastor Erik grew his skills in delivering sermons and teaching Bible stories to all ages while also focusing closely on social ministry, youth and family ministry, and helping to launch a contemporary worship service.  Those familiar with Pastor Erik’s methods cite his strength in innovation and creativity, ability to interpret theology, and his listening skills, among many others.

Prior to serving at Mt. Cross, Pastor Erik was Pastoral Intern at Trinity Lutheran Church in Santa Barbara; before that he was Campus Youth Coordinator at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa where he received his M.Div. in Pastoral Theology in 1999.  Pastor Erik’s detailed study history can be found here.PrErikFamily

Holy Trinity members were delighted to welcome Pastor Erik and his wife Desta along with their three young children – Maya, Dryden and Piper.  When both Pastor Erik and Desta (who works for California Lutheran University) find free time, the family enjoys many outdoor activities together including hiking the wonderful trails of Ventura County, biking, geocaching, dancing and visiting the beach.

When asked to reflect on his calling, Pastor Erik stated, “The faith that has been given to me is the lens through which I see the world.  The call to be a Child of God gives me meaning, purpose, confidence, and shapes who I am.  It gives me the grace to love myself and the courage to love my neighbor.  It allows me to rest in forgiveness while also prodding me into service.  I have had a keen sense of awareness of God’s call on my life since an early age.  Becoming a pastor didn’t change this, it only intensified and sharpened it.”

Pasrr Erik Communion

Regarding his idea of the ideal ministry setting for him, he said, “A ministry setting that would energize me would have a vibrant youth, family and children’s ministry, incorporate music and arts in a variety of ways, would have a willingness to be creative and think outside the box in worship and in reaching out to the community, would seek to put faith into action through service and advocacy while undergirding such service through Bible study and spiritual formation, would be eager for collaborative leadership and open to ecumenical partnerships.  It would be a place of radical welcome where there was also openness and interest in exploring the social issues of our day through the lens of faith.”

Pastor Erik looks forward to getting to know people from across the generations here at Holy Trinity.  He can be reached at:  pastorerik@htlcto.org or through the church office 805-492-1234.