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Rev. Dr. Michael Nel

Acting President


  • BA, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon
  • STM, Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon
  • DTh (Pastoral Theology), University of South Africa

Recent Work Experience

  • Director, Consultation to Clergy Seattle (an agency of the NW Washington, SW Washington, Eastern Washington Idaho and Alaska synods ELCA, and NW District LCMS) - Responsible for support service for approximately 1300 Lutheran clergy and their families in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska, consultant to 5 ELCA bishops and 1 LCMS District President, 2003-09

Counselling Experience

  • Consultation to clergy - counselling clergy from 5 synods of ELCA & NW District LCMS, 2003-09
  • Private practice out of three Lutheran churches, 1997-2003
  • North Shore Counselling Centre, Vancouver, 1990-97
  • Internship in Pastoral Counselling at North Shore Counselling Centre, West Vancouver, 1987-88


  • DTh dissertation, The Ancestors and Zulu Family Transitions: A Bowen Theory and Practical Theological Interpretation

Parish Ministry

  • Interim Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran (Coquitlam, BC), 2010, 2000-01
  • Pastor to a congregation in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Pastor, First Lutheran (Vancouver, BC)
  • Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran (Kitimat, BC)
  • Pastor, Hodgeville Lutheran Parish (SK)


  • With my wife, led a group of six Canadian women to South Africa to do VBS and educational work with women and children from squatters camps in Richmond, KwaZulu Natal, 2013
  • Took five men to South Africa to do construction work on an AIDS hospice for children, 2012