Russ has served since 2015 as the District Executive Minister and logs about 35,000 miles traveling for the district each year. He enjoys being with a different congregation for worship each Sunday, and appreciates the fullness of the church that he gets to experience. Russ makes his home in Modesto, with his wife Erin, and they are avid Chicago Cubs baseball fans. Russ enjoys travel (work or non-work related), reading and cooking. Prior to becoming the DEM he served two team pastorates with Erin in California, and worked in marketing for Brethren Press.
In September 2017 Gilbert Romero began work as the PSWD Ministry Training Coordinator. Gilbert brings a breadth of experience in the Church of the Brethren and a commitment to working at growing our capacity for ministry growth with Hispanic sisters and brothers. Gilbert will be focusing on supporting and motivating our licensed ministers who are participating in SeBAH and EFSM-español. This will include checking in with them regularly to see how they are doing in ministry, studies, and life.
As the Pacific Southwest District”s Administrative Assistant, Joe supervises, coordinates, and maintains the office functions of the district. A key function of the office is providing administrative assistance to the District Executive Minister. Under the District Executives”s direction, Joe arranges for meetings and administrative assistance to the district”s boards, commissions, committees and task teams. Joe also manages the content of the district web site and newsletters, where he uses skills from his junior college degree in Photo Lithography. Joe has earned an undergraduate degree from Calif. State Univ. Los Angeles in Philosophy and Classics. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1987. Joe is an active member of the Restoration L.A. Church of the Brethren in East Los Angeles. Joe enjoys backpacking, photography, reading and computers. He looks forward to “Discovery Camp” at Camp Peaceful Pines.
As the Pacific Southwest District’s new Youth Advisor, Rafael looks forward to working with you all. Rafael is from the city of Anaheim, CA and he congregates with Iglesia Príncipe De Paz in Santa Ana. He works diligently in the Home Healthcare field as a Business Development Manager and manages OC, SD, and the IE counties. Rafael Aranda recently came on board as District Youth Advisor this year and great things are to come.