Pastor, Rev. Brian W. Thomas
Pastor Brian Thomas received his divinity training from Christ College, Irvine and Concordia Seminary. He is a Thinking Fellow of 1517 and has written books for New Reformation Publications and Creative Communications for the Parish. He is blessed to be the husband of Rachel and the father of Madelynne and Lily. As a former naval officer, he loves serving our veterans here in San Diego.
Specific Ministry Pastor, Rev. Gleason Snashall
Pastor Gleason was a Lutheran Deacon for nine years, serving Grace from 2007 to 2012,when he was installed as the fourth Vicar in Grace Lutheran's history. In May 2015, he was ordained as Grace's first Specific Ministry Pastor. Gleason holds an MA in applied math from SUNY Binghampton and is completing his MDiv at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. Pastor Gleason is an engineer with the US Navy. He is blessed with a wonderful wife, Deaconess Doris Snashall and they live in Coronado.
Music Director, Michael Burke
Michael studied music with an emphasis on organ and piano at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. He joined Grace as Principal Organist and Choir Master in 2009 and is married to his wife, Betty. Michael and Betty have also been partners in a small business in Escondido, CA for the past 25+ years. Together they are blessed with 2 grown children, 2 Shih-Tzus and two grandsons, Jonah and Malachi.
Deaconess Doris Snashall
Deaconess Doris is a graduate of Concordia University, Irvine , where she holds an MBA and a Master of Arts in Theology and is a graduate of Concordia University, Chicago where she earned her Deaconess Certification. In addition to her work at Grace, she is Director of Property Management for Interfaith Housing Assistance Corp. She has been blessed to serve at Grace since 2007 and is delighted to serve alongside her husband, Pastor Gleason.
Office Manager, Gretchen Jordan
Mrs. Jordan brings her experience and a diversified background to Grace. Gretchen grew up on the East coast and loves sunny San Diego. She is usually the first friendly smile you see or talk to at Grace. Gretchen handles all the administrative duties and is quite creative, too. Her husband Mark, and two cats, Valentine and Smokey make their home in Bonita.
Preschool Director, Rexanna Blas
Miss Rexanna is a dedicated and learned preschool director with nearly thirty years of teaching and leadership experience. Twenty of her years have been within the Lutheran Parochial Educational system, where she has found the most joy and inspiration. Miss Rexanna has been serving at Grace Lutheran Preschool since 2009. She is blessed with four adult children, and her two grandsons.