Professional Leaders Conference

October 15 – 17, 2019

Monterey Tides in Monterey, CA

Dean’s Meeting – October 14-15
Women’s Retreat – October 14-15
Professional Leaders Conference – October 15-17

Preceeding the start of PLC on Tuesday October 15, will be the Dean’s Gathering (on Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15) and the Professional Rostered Women’s Retreat (on Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15). PLC will begin with dinner on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 PM, finishing on Thursday, October 17 (just before lunch).

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Register by September 20 to avoid an increase in registration cost.

PLC Registration covers the PLC program fee and meals (including Tuesday Oct 15 dinner, Wednesday Oct 16 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Thursday Oct 17 breakfast). The room reservation is made separately. This year, we will begin with an attendee welcome starting at 4:30 PM, with dinner on Tuesday October 15 starting at 6:00 PM.

Deans’ or Women’s Retreat registration fee covers program registration and meals (including Monday Oct 14 dinner, Tuesday Oct 15 breakfast and lunch). The room reservation is made separately. Those attending the Dean’s or Women’s program and PLC will need an extra night’s stay on Monday October 14.  And — the Deans’ Gathering and the Professional Rostered Women’s Retreat will start in the early afternoon on Monday October 14 and complete after lunch or in the early afternoon of Tuesday October 15.


Room Reservations are made by contacting Monterey Tides at 1-800-242-8627 and using Block Code 1910SPSL to make a room reservation under our reduced room rate block. The limited room block closes September 20, or once the room block is full. After September 20, rooms will be reserved on a space available basis at the prevailing rate.

Do be sure to check the hotel’s cancellation fee. One night’s stay will be held as a deposit.

Block Rates are $155.00 for the Inland View room and $205.00 for the Ocean View room.

All Rooms are subject to the Resort Fee ($15/per room night) and taxes (11.795% Occupancy Tax and CCFD, plus $2.00 MCTID/per room night). The Resort Fee includes guest WiFi, overnight parking, bottled water (two bottles per room/per day), in-room Starbucks, and any in-room local calls.

Monterey Tides check-in is 4:00 PM on the day of arrival; check out is 11:00 AM on the day of departure.

Registration support for Women’s Retreat, Dean’s Gathering or Professional Leaders Conference:
Contact Laurie Gaumer or 650.590.0980


Plenary 1: Gail Kiyomura – Synod VP

2020 Bishop’s Election




Plenary 2 – 3: The Rev Dr David Vasquez-Levy – PSR President

Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California –a progressive, multidenominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares theologically and spiritually rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all.  A committed pastor, a nationally recognized immigration leader, and a sought after speaker, Vásquez-Levy leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change. Vásquez-Levy regularly contributes a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration, including speaking at a congressional briefing and participating in two immigration consultations at the White House.  He is currently engaged in a series of public conversation with various State Attorneys across the country in an effort to reframe our national conversation about immigration.

He has worked and consulted on a number of documentaries on immigration, labor, and human rights and is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives. He has lived in four countries, including working on refugee resettlement in Canada, and taught courses and led international study and service trips across the globe. Vásquez-Levy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Texas Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, including studies at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.

Plenary 4: Regina Banks – Director,  Lutheran Office of Public Policy, California

Banks has served as Policy and Legislative Director for both statewide memberships organizations and within the California Assembly. Her skills and relationships will support PP-CA’s expansion goals.

Ms. Banks is a proud alumna of Valparaiso University School of Law where she was a Jurist Scholar and Lincoln University of MO.  She states, “I look forward to the marriage of my analytical and advocacy skills with my deep and abiding faith. I admire the work of the LOPP-CA and will work diligently on their behalf for policies that strengthen people and families and honor the majesty of God’s creation.”

 Women’s Retreat 

October 14-15 – Monterey Tides 

Starts Monday at 2 PM 

Tending to our souls: leading from a place of spiritual health 

Prayer, Scripture, Living as Beloved 

We all know that the spiritual health of our communities is important, but how much time do we spend caring for our own? Join your colleagues in ministry for a special sabbath time where we will focus on caring for ourselves, learning with and from one another, and gaining some helpful tools for tending to our souls. 

Facilitated by Rev. Charlane Lines
Faith Lutheran Church of Meadow Vista 

Registration is available as an ‘add-on’ to the PLC registration for an additional cost of $165 (covers the program fee, as well as Monday dinner, Tuesday breakfast and lunch) for the one-day retreat. An extra night’s stay on your room reservation at Monterey Tides will also be needed. 

Registration questions? Call the Bay Area Office of the Bishop at 650.590.0980 


A limited number of scholarships are available. If you are a first call pastor, a person of color, or a person whose primary language is other than English, please email your scholarship request by September 20 to Pr. Kathryn Gulbranson or call 650.590.0980 ext 103