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30 Extraordinary Years

The ELM Board of Directors and staff are excited to invite you to this hour-long reception celebrating the congregations of St. Francis and First United who, thirty years ago, boldly called Ruth Frost, Phyllis Zillhart, and Jeff Johnson to serve as their pastors – defying ELCA policy and risking discipline for the sake of prophetically claiming that God’s call to publicly-out and partnered LGBTQIA+ individuals to serve the church is holy and legitimate.

This event, entitled “30 Extraordinary Years of Ministry: Boldness – Faith – Persistence – Love,” will feature voices and stories from ELM’s past and present including members of the call committees that called Jeff, Ruth, and Phyllis; ELM’s current Executive Director and Program Director, the Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson and Olivia LaFlamme; and, the extraordinary ordinands themselves: the Revs. Jeff Johnson, Phyllis Zillhard, and Ruth Frost.

Please join us for this time of remembering and celebration!

The reception will take place live June 28th on Zoom at 2:30pm Pacific Daylight Time.

To RSVP, please email in order to gain access to the Zoom invitation.

If you are not able to make this reception but would like to help us celebrate, please consider making a $30.00 donation in honor of 30 extraordinary years of ministry by clicking this link.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

We hope you can make it!