Agape Board of Directors
After graduating St. Olaf College with a degree in music, I came to San Diego State to work my M.A., also in music. Two fortunate things happened during that process: the music department awarded me a teaching assistant position, and I discovered the Lutheran Campus Center, as Agape House was known at that time. Under the direction of then campus pastor Rev. Jim Nessheim, the center functioned as both a welcoming oasis on the large, often impersonal university campus and a place to organize for justice, especially protesting the Vietnam War. I serve on the Board because Agape continues to be a place of welcome and justice seeking at S.D.S.U.
Rev. Kurt Christenson
My family was brought to San Diego by the US Navy during my high school years. While I went away to college in Minnesota, St. Olaf, I did return for one year as an Aztec at SDSU and became a regular at Agape. The shift from a small college to this large university was dramatic and overwhelming. However, the community of Agape gave me grounding and a place to embody my faith through justice and service. After attending seminary in Berkeley, CA, and ordination as a Lutheran Pastor, I have served parishes in Ojai, CA, Springfield, MA, and Glendale, CA. I am happy to be back in San Diego 35 years later, serving as the Pastor at First Lutheran Church downtown. It is also a place where I am grounded in a community of faith, justice, and service. I am honored to serve on the Agape Board.
After high school, she spent ten years getting degrees (BA in Philosophy and Religion from Goucher College, MA in Philosophy from the University of South Florida, and M.Div. from Yale Divinity School). She loved everything about academia and know how formative those years are. After serving as Associate Rector in Encinitas for 4 years, Jocelynn was called as the Lutheran Episcopal Campus Pastor at UC Davis. Thus for 10 years, she ministered to college students and young adults – and loved every moment! She took a brief hiatus from working to focus on her family and work on her doctorate from Emory University and then was called as Rector of St. David’s in Clairemont, just as the pandemic shut everything down. When Bishop Susan asked if she’d be willing to serve on the Agape Board, Jocelynn immediately said YES! Campus ministry is one of the most important ministries in the church, and she's happy to now support her friend, Pastor Darin, in his work with students and do all that she can to ensure the health and vitality of Agape for years to come!
I am originally from Portland, Oregon, and a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. I am married and my husband and I have lived in the San Diego area for more than 20 years. We enjoy travel, and in my spare time like to read and work on various crafts. I work in banking for a local bank. I am an active member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. I have been involved with various Agape House activities for more than 10 years.
I am happy to be serving on my second tour on the Agape House council.
I am an engineer (Mechanical/Industrial/Systems) who served 28 years
in the Navy and continue to support the Navy in the area of process
improvement. I serve on the Board because I understand from experience
just how challenging college can be and believe in helping Agape House
build a community "who supports and welcomes those interested in
uplifting each other" at S.D.S.U.
Bill Eadie is Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University. He is a parishioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral where he serves on the lay worship team and organizes monthly play readings on Zoom.