Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Glenn Schrader


Introducing Glenn Schrader

Glenn Schrader is a third-year Master of Divinity (“Word and Sacrament”) student at ELCA’s Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, which he attends via Zoom. Glenn entered into Candidacy through the Grand Canyon Synod in 2019 and received Endorsement for continuing his preparation for ministry in May 2021. Prior to beginning his seminary instruction, he taught Chemical Engineering at the University of Arizona (Department Chair; Research Dean; Head of UA Campus Sustainability), Iowa State University (predominantly), and the University of Delaware. His research interests have been in ecological sustainability for water and energy, environmental ethics, and the fundamental science of catalytic processes and semiconductor fabrication. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his BS degree also in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Glenn was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in his hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated in 2017 from the Grace Institute for Spiritual Formation of Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), and he holds a certificate from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction (Tucson). During the summer of 2021, he completed his clinical pastoral education (chaplaincy) requirement for seminary training at Banner-University Medical Center in Phoenix. As an outcome, he is currently involved in program development for healthcare workers as a facilitator with the International Healing of Memories Institute (Carefree, Arizona). Glenn organized and led the Adult Education/Sunday Forum at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (Tucson) for five years with special emphasis on biblical studies, Reformation history and theology, prison reform, scripture interpretation, and care for creation. Glenn’s internship program was completed in July 2022 through a multi-site, ecumenical engagement with congregations in Arizona at New Spirit Lutheran (Tucson) and in New Mexico at First United Methodist (Silver City).

During his final year at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Glenn will be taking coursework focused on Romans, Liturgical Imagination, Mission Development, and Advanced Theology. His anticipated completion of studies for pastoral ministry is May 2023.