Liturgical worship has a long and rich tradition. This worship style is almost universally accepted in the West as being Christian. Its texts are Biblical and its ceremony is rooted in the Eastern / Judeo style of Worship. How is this helpful in reaching cultures where Vestments (regalia) and ceremony are already a vital and rich part of their heritage? What is the challenge for Lutherans in bridging the secular over to the sacred?

Rev. Brandt Hoffman graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis MO in 2008 with a Master of Divinity. He is a member of the Haida tribe of Alaska. Currently he is called to serve Zion Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska. The ministry in Alaska is multi-ethnic and multi cultural. Along with the general ministry of the parish, Zion Lutheran has become involved in ministry to Lutherans and non-Lutherans from Sudan, Africa. Pastor Hoffman is married to Christine Hoffman (nee Clay) of Ketchikan, Alaska and they have 2 sons Brandt II and James.

Rev. David Sternbeck is a graduate of Concordia Seminary Saint Louis. He is an Ehattesaht Band member of the Nuchanulth Nation located on Vancouver Island British Columbia. He is presently serving as Pastor of Makah Lutheran Church, Neah Bay, WA. David’s work with the Northwest District includes serving as missionary at large on the Olympic Peninsula and in Alaska’s Yukon Territory, representative on the Ethnic Ministries Task Force and member of the Body Life Team. David and his wife, Rosemary, both work with the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots US. This is a husband-wife team ministry serving the Makah people and the Indigenous peoples of Alaska. David and Rosemary consider themselves to be wealthy in family with eight children and eighteen grandchildren.

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