Pastor Mark Price

Pastor Price is the Senior Pastor or Head of Staff at St. Paul's. As a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, his primary ministry activities are centered in Word and Sacrament.  In pragmatic terms his priorities include preaching and presiding at the various worship services of the congregation, ensuring that the sick and homebound are receiving appropriate care and regular visits from members of the staff and Stephens Ministers, teaching and leading the Jr. and Sr. High Youth groups, leading a variety of Adult Education programs, and overseeing the staff of the congregation. 

Pastor came to St. Paul's on November 11, 2005. Prior to serving St. Paul's he served as Senior Pastor of First Lutheran, Kearney, Nebraska (2002-2005), Senior Pastor of St. Timothy, Lakewood, California (1996-2002), and Pastor of St. Mark, Columbus, Ohio (1990-1996). He graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio and was ordained a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on April 7, 1990. Pastor received his bachelor's degree in history, from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California, and he is a graduate of Lutheran High School, La Verne, California. 

Pastor is a fifth generation Californian. Having been widowed in 2015, he is blessed to be the father of four children, Luke, Katie, Drew and Nick. Pastor enjoys hanging out at local wineries, playing with his kids,  dinners with friends, movies, plays and live sporting events and taking walks in the vineyards. He also enjoys attending and participating in the various events of which the children are a part. At various times apart from the church, one might observe him volunteering around town as a park and rec soccer coach, classroom volunteer or athletic booster. 

Pastor has served the ELCA in a variety of capacities including, terms as Synod Treasurer and as the Ecumenical Representative for two bishops. He has served on executive boards for Lutheran Camps, Lutheran Schools, Synod Worship, and Lutheran retirement homes and care facilities. He is a facillitator for Healthy Start which is a mnistry that seeks to help pastors and congregations who are new to each other have an excellent and healthy first year of ministry together.  He is a congregation conflict mediation consultant, is active in ecumenical affairs and new ministry starts, as well as an outspoken activist in the Lodi region focusing on the rights of the poor and of migrant families and children.