Rev. Bradley Schmeling
I was drawn to serve at Gloria Dei because of its deep commitment to God’s unconditional welcome as it takes shape on Sunday morning and in the congregation’s witness to the wider world. I feel called to ask the question, “Who is not here, and what do we need to do to change that?” I believe the church is called to respond to the Spirit’s gentle and challenging call to widen the circle and to erase barriers. God’s grace and love are for everyone. We’re simply invited to catch up to where Christ has already gone.
At Gloria Dei, I have the gift of preaching and presiding, leading the staff and lay leadership in our many and varied ministries, keeping us connected with one another, and lifting up the vision that our gathered assembly so powerfully named in its mission statement. I’m always inspired by how God can work through any one of us, even with our challenges and hurts, including my own. I seek to be a gentle and humble servant of this assembly of saints.
I grew up in Ohio, attended Ohio University, received a graduate degree at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and did doctoral work at Emory University in pastoral care and liturgical studies. I’ve served at Calvary Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio, the Office of the Chapel and Religious Life, Emory University, and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Atlanta.
I live in Minneapolis and think both cities have great charm and am glad to call both home. My partner, Darin, also an ELCA pastor, serves in hospital chaplaincy, and we love to spend time at home, cooking, savoring the outdoors, and taking care of our new house. We also tend to the needs of our 19-year-old cat, Mr. George Bailey.