The Lutheran Church of Guam will be welcoming a new full-time pastor in December. Rev. Bryan R. Salminen will be coming to Guam from Cadillac, Mich., bringing more than 30 years of experience as a pastor, professor, and therapist.
Salminen is a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist. He most recently worked at Life Skills Psychological Services, where he specialized in marriage therapy and also worked with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, meaning and purpose in life, and spirituality issues. He served as senior pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and St. John Lutheran Church until 2017 and also served as an adjunct professor teaching graduate level classes in counseling at Baker College and Concordia University.
He is the co-founder and developer of Zoe (www.zoescore.com), an online marital and premarital counseling tool used by over 5,000 clinicians.
His past workshops and seminars have been on topics including sexuality, aging, bereavement, suicide, and team leadership. He has also authored books including “No Ordinary Men: Having the Heart, Brain, and Courage to Live as Godly Men,” “Divorce: A Christian Response and Application,” “Full Contact Rules for the Christian Manager,” and “Seeing Beyond Depression.”
Salminen holds a bachelor’s in religion from Concordia College (Mich.), a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary (Mo.), a Master of Education with an emphasis in counseling from University of Toledo (Ohio), and a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Saint Louis University (Mo.). Salminen grew up in St. Johns, Mich.
The church will be hosting a meet-and-greet with him on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, following the 10:30 a.m. Children’s Christmas Program service. His first Sunday preaching will be Dec. 16.
LCG has called and commissioned these individuals to serve in the capacity as pastor in the absence of or in place of an ordained pastor
Charles “Chuck” Hardy came to Guam in August 1984. He has a bachelor’s degree in Broadfield Music Education from Mount Scenario College in Ladysmith, Wisc., which is 40 miles north of his hometown of Cadott, Wisc. He has been the band director of Simon Sanchez High School in Guam for the last 34 years.
Kevin Patrick Graham is originally from Pella, Iowa, but moved to Guam in 2010 to attend Pacific Islands University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies in 2013. In 2012 he married his wife, Diana, in the Philippines. He enjoys singing, composing, and playing guitar. Kevin also serves as music director.
Jeff Moots grew up in Gallup, New Mexico, and holds a bachelor’s from New Mexico State University and a juris doctorate from Washburn University School of Law. After living on Saipan, he and his wife, Kate, moved to Guam in February 2006, where he now works as an attorney. They joined LCG in 2007.
Administrator & Music Director
Kevin Patrick Graham
Kevin Patrick Graham is originally from Pella, Iowa, but moved to Guam in 2010 to attend Pacific Islands University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies in 2013. In 2012 he married his wife, Diana, in the Philippines. He enjoys singing, composing, and playing guitar. Kevin also serves as a lay pastor.
Fidel Sales grew up in the Philippines but emigrated to Guam many years ago as a construction worker. A few years later, Fidel found a job as a maintenance specialist in the Dental Department of the Government of Guam’s Department of Public Health, where his hard work earned him “Employee of the Year” status throughout the agency. He worked there for many years and retired at the end of 2008. Fidel and his wife, Juanita, have three adult children and two grandchildren. The Sales family is Roman Catholic.
Tamami FitzGerald serves as our pianist for most of the church year. Tamami holds a bachelor’s in Music Education from Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. Originally from Yokohama, Japan, she moved to Guam in 2001 with her husband, Brian, and has been attending LCG since 2010. Tamami loves playing music, spending time with her two daughters, and offering piano lessons in her home.