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In the early 1960's, the Summer of Love was a future happening, and lyricist John Phillips had not quite yet written the words, "if you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair" thus inspiring thousands of young people to flock to San Francisco. Yet the streets of our city were already filling up with young runaways, gay refugees, and a burgeoning population of newly arriving rootless people of all stripes.

This trend of rootless people on the street, some homeless, and some turning to drugs and prostitution, did not go unobserved by the Protestant denominations of the city.  Seven members of the interdenominational Council of Churches got together to sponsor an experimental ministry to reach out to "street people" at night, when the only social services available were police, fire and ambulance.  They placed ads to attract a pastor to minister to these "night people."

In 1990 Night Ministry became an independent not-for-profit organization with its own Governing Board and new charter, constitution and mission statement.

Night Ministers

Don Stuart

Sep 1, 1964 – Jul 31, 1976

The Rev. Donald E. Stuart,
United Church of Christ

 

Video - Shepherd of the Streets

Chuck Lewis

Aug 1, 1976 – Jan 10, 1996

The Rev. Charles H. Lewis,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Don Fox

Nov 15, 1995 – Dec 31, 2006

The Rev. Donald A. Fox,
Episcopal Church, USA

Lyle Beckman

Jan 1, 2007 – present

The Rev. Lyle J. Beckman, 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. Donald Stuart's Obituary