Chris Oberg named Senior Pastor at La Sierra University Church
February 11, 2009
By Larry Becker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ( www.lasierra.edu ) Chris Oberg, a La Sierra University alumnus and currently senior pastor of the Calimesa Seventh-day Adventist church, has been named as senior pastor for the La Sierra University Adventist church. She is the first woman to be named senior pastor since the church was founded in the 1920’s.
In her new role as University Church pastor, Oberg will take a lead role in ministry efforts to both the multi-generational local church congregation of more than 2600 members, and the 2000 students enrolled at La Sierra University. Both the local congregation and the university student body exhibit a rich blend of ethnic diversity.
“Having the opportunity to return to my alma mater and serve in a University community is a cherished life opportunity,” Oberg says. “To be among colleagues for whom Church matters, and to be with a congregation seriously seeking to follow Jesus in a complex world, well, it doesn’t get more rewarding. “
Oberg received her undergraduate degree in clinical nutrition from Walla Walla University. While working as a maternal and infant nutritionist, she sensed God’s calling to ministry. Enrolling in La Sierra University, Oberg earned a BA degree in religion in 2000, and a MA in Religious Studies in 2005. She also served on the pastoral staff of the LSU church during that time. After completing her MA, Oberg accepted the senior pastor position at the Calimesa Adventist church, a 1200-member congregation near Loma Linda, California. She received a Rising Star Award from the La Sierra University Alumni Association in 2007.
“Chris Oberg has been selected because we believe her to be the very best-qualified and prepared pastor who will continue the strong legacy of spiritual leadership, preaching, and care that has blessed the La Sierra University Church throughout its history,” says Randal Wisbey, La Sierra University president. “Pastor Oberg’s clear dedication to God, her joy in serving the Lord and speaking of His grace, as well as her dynamic and clear love for all of the members of our University and congregation, will be a remarkable blessing to each of us.
“Her appointment seems particularly appropriate,” Wisbey adds, “as La Sierra University and the University Church have a long and proud tradition of seeking justice, including justice in ministry, providing gender inclusiveness as a model for University students, both women and men, as well as each member of this congregation.”
Chris Oberg is married to Kerby Oberg, who teaches pathology and anatomy at Loma Linda University. Their two daughters both attend La Sierra University.
PR Contact: Larry Becker
Executive Director of University Relations
La Sierra University