The Reverend Deborah K. Hutterer was ordained in 2004. She earned a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Augsburg University.
Hutterer has served in several ministry settings. She served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pontiac, Illinois, from 2004 to 2007. She was executive director of Faith in the City in Minneapolis from 2008 to 2012. She was Chief Development Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) from 2012 to 2018.
She has two adult children, Mitch Hutterer and Marissa Machado, who reside in Minnesota with her five grandchildren. Her parents Jerry and Evelyn Spiess live in Sun City West, Arizona.
Norine joined the Grand Canyon Synod at the end of November in an interim role and assumed the official Director of Administration & Events position in January. She spent 30+ years in the corporate world in retail department store buying and management. She grew up in Arizona, but spent fifteen years as a store manager in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. For her second career, she felt called to serve in a non-profit organization, which led her to the Grand Canyon Synod. Norine and her husband are members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Scottsdale where she has served in many capacities, including as Treasurer and church council member.
Rev. Jacqueline Pagel
Associate to the Bishop for Candidacy and Faith Formation
Pagel is the recruiter of leaders for our Grand Canyon Synod, walking with our youth, outdoor ministries, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Young Adults in Global mission, congregations, Jesus loving people and all who want to serve to making strong leaders for the whole church. Any questions about becoming a pastor or a deacon, give her a call.
Pr. Jacqui served Trinity Lutheran Church 9 years and started with Bishop Deborah January 2019. She is a proud Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary graduate class of 2008, and thankful to have received her undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University, Women’s Studies B.S. and Broadcast Journalism B.A. She resides in Chandler with her husband Larry and their three daughters.
Director for Evangelical Mission and Bishop’s Associate for Congregational Vitality
Pastor Miguel F. Gomez-Acosta was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. In 1985 he immigrated to Salinas, CA, where he was introduced to the Lutheran Church (LCA). He lived in various places including Guam and the Bay Area before returning to Salinas where he graduated high school.
He graduated from Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle in 1999 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. He then received his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary (NW Campus) in 2006. For his Lutheran Year he attended Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest in Austin, TX in 2008.
He moved to the Grand Canyon Synod when he was called to serve as a mission developer in 2006 for Mision Luterana de San Pedro in Mesa, AZ. In 2010 San Pedro moved to First Evangelical and changed its name to La Primera Mision Evangelica Luterana. In 2013, he became the Senior Pastor of First Evangelical and both ministries merged under one call. In 2016 he was called to be the Director for Evangelical Mission for the Grand Canyon Synod.
He is married to Rachel and has two children, Mariana (17) and Bradly (14). Currently he is a member of Holy Trinity in Chandler.
Mark and his spouse, Marcia, recently emigrated from Minneapolis, MN. Together they enjoy international and domestic travel, any sport that requires a racquet or paddle, entertaining, and photography. Mark has enjoyed ministry in the contexts of parish life, chaplaincy, global missions, and administrative work with the ELCA & Lutheran Service in America. His greatest joys in ministry come through participating in the Spirit's work of healing and bringing new life to individuals, families, and congregations.
Dr. Jerry Kingston
Special Bishop’s Associate for Mobility
Dr. Jerry L. Kingston was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at ASU from 1969 to 2011. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Gayle, moved to Peoria, AZ to be closer to his youngest daughter and two (of their five) grandchildren. Jerry and Gayle are members of Peace Lutheran Church in Peoria. Since 2014 he has been assisting the Bishop in the placement of pastors from across the country who wish to serve in the Grand Canyon Synod.
Director of Communications
Brian was born and raised in Windom, Minnesota. After graduating from St. Olaf College, he settled into Phoenix, Arizona, where he lives in the downtown area.
The last three decades of Brian’s life are a blur of freelance graphic design and web development jobs, writing of poetry and memoir, and being in community and family. His daughter, Ella, is starting college at ASU. His stepson, Ben, is a recent graduate from ASU. His mother, Brenda, lives in Mesa.