Pastor Ernesto Medina
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Ernesto Medina was ordained in 1988 and thrilled to be called as Lead Pastor of First Lutheran in Fremont in 2021.
Ernesto was born in San Diego, California. He has a BA in Communications from the University of California in San Diego. He has a Masters in Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.
Ernesto is married (for over 25 years) to the wonderful and beautiful Susan Medina. They enjoy life with their 3 adult children (Eric and Elizabeth – Ernesto’s kids) and Sean (Susan’s son). Each expressing being creative and happy in their own way. It is most satisfying!
Ernesto has been on a journey most of my adult life to find the truth of God as expressed through the human experience. His quest has been to listen to the stories of others of how they have encountered the divine. His life is made more whole as folks are willing to share the intimate narratives of our lives. All win when we share our realities of God. This journey has never disappointed.
Ernesto prides himself as being a storyteller and a steward of tradition. He is not afraid of the future. He tends to think and/or dream “out of the box,” sometimes being considered unconventional or unorthodox. He seeks inclusion for all people.
Ernesto unconditionally believes in Grace!
His interests include travel, photography and Disc (Frisbee) golf.