Pastor Roger Bruns
Pastor Roger has served Trinity in Oklahoma City since 2007. This year he celebrates the 40th anniversary of his ordination, having served congregations in Washington State, Nebraska, Arkansas, Virginia, and Oklahoma.
Born and reared in Nebraska, he attended Midland University (formerly Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE) and was graduated from the University of Nebraska. He taught grades 5 through 8 in a two-room rural Nebraska schoolhouse before entering Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. After three years in parish ministry, Pastor Roger did post-graduate study at St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, earning the M.A. in Liturgical Studies. In summer 2000, he was granted a sabbatical allowing him to travel to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt with the St. John's University School of Theology Jerusalem Studies Program.
As an Army National Guard Chaplain, Pastor Roger was a combat veteran of the First Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991. He has always had a strong interest in music, the arts, travel, pastoral care, and ministry to those who are disadvantaged. His travel interest has taken him to East Africa, the Holy Land, Western Europe, the British Isles, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and of course, his all-expense-paid tour of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. In summer 1990, he did a continuing education tour of Scandinavia, concentrating on post-modern church architecture in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
Pastor Roger's greatest family joy was being a friend and father to his son, Christian, who died in 1998. Today, he helps his two sisters, from a distance, care for their mother in Nebraska City, and enjoys "great" uncle duties with his three great nieces and six great nephews.
Asked what motivates him after so many years in ministry, Pastor Roger responds: "If I can help Jesus touch and change just one life, then every new day is a blessing and a challenge."