Pastor John Soyster accepted the appointment as Interim Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church & Preschool, Manhattan Beach, CA on April 15, 2018.
A native of Southern California, Pastor John was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. After graduating from Cal State Northridge, he attended Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley and graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN when he was ordained in 1979. Pastor John served two churches in Minneapolis and two in California before retiring in 2017. Two of the churches he served were congregations of deaf people where he had to be fluent in American Sign Language.
Pastor John has been involved in Ecumenical and Interfaith relations for nearly all the time he has been a pastor. As Interim Pastor, his goals will be to maintain the ministries that are currently functioning and help restore other ministries that are important to Trinity. He is committed to assisting Trinity in the call process for the new Senior Pastor.
Pastor John married his wife, Leslie in 2000 and between them they have three children and two grandchildren. Pastor John’s hobbies are woodworking (especially turning bowls on a lathe) and playing the clarinet in three different wind ensembles.