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      About Us

      Emeritus Night Ministers offer their blessings to the next generation.
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      Our History

      In the early 1960’s, the Summer of Love was a future happening, and lyricist John Phillips had not yet written, “if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” Yet the streets were already filling up with young runaways, gay refugees, and a burgeoning population of seekers of all stripes.

      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. Rev. Donald E. Stuart become the first Night Minister in September, 1964. He and future Night Minister, Rev. Chuck Lewis, first walked the streets together providing compassionate care on November 1, 1964.

      Our People

      Rev. Valerie McEntee

      Night Minister

      Valerie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and also a long time practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism.  She holds an MDiv from Pacific School of Religion. Valerie first came to Night Ministry in in 2007 as a Crisis Line Counselor, then accepted a Fellowship in 2008 just prior to being ordained.  When the fellowship was over she told Lyle, “I love this and I’m not leaving,” and so became an Assistant Night Minister.  She remained in that role until she succeeded Lyle as Night Minister in 2018. 

      Rev. Monique Ortiz

      Director of Community Programs / Program Manager, Open Cathedrals

      Monique is an ordained minister in the UCC. She holds an M.Div. from the Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union. She also serves at Santa Maria y Santa Marta Lutheran Church, on the Board of the San Francisco Interfaith Council. Monique was formerly a television news reporter for eleven years in Arizona and in the Bay Area. She also worked for a non-profit organization helping families who children were dying or had special needs. Monique has been with Night Ministry since 2008.

      Kylie Svenson, MSW

      Interim Director of Care Line

      Kylie is a clinical social worker who practices psychoanalytic and trauma-focused therapy. She holds certifications in analytic therapy through San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and in complex trauma through Janina Fisher’s Complex Trauma Training Program. Kylie is a practicing mindfulness teacher, having trained through East Bay Meditation Center and via secular mindfulness training programs. Kylie holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Kylie first joined Night Ministry as a Crisis Line Counselor in 2014, and continues to feel deeply connected to the Care Line and the callers whose needs she feels called to meet. 

      Rev. Trent Thornley

      Executive Director / Director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

      Trent is an ordained minister in the Metropolitan Community Churches, and an ordained Buddhist Dharma Leader in the Nyingma lineage of Anam Thubten. He is also an ACPE Associate Certified Educator. Trent holds a J.D. degree from Indiana University, an M.A. degree in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and a Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy from Institute of Buddhist Studies. Trent is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Enneagram Association. He has had a love affair with San Francisco for almost 25 years.

      Rev. Laura Rolen

      Care Line Coordinator

      Laura was a school psychologist for over 20 years. She now serves as a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator. Laura has a Ph.D. in family and child development, an Ed.S. in school psychology, and a master’s degrees in psychology and theology. She is ordained through the Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) Interfaith Community.

      Rev. Nancy 

      Pennekamp

      Deacon, Open Cathedral

      Nancy is an ordained Episcopal Deacon. She is a former Assistant Chaplain, EcHouse Campus Ministry, at San Francisco State University. Nancy is a retired instructor at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and an Associate of the Community of the Transfiguration.

      Chaplain Jamie Kimmel

      Program Manager, Meditation Group

      Jamie has been a Zen Buddhist practitioner for over a decade. He serves as hospice chaplain in San Francisco. Jamie graduated from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley with an MA in Buddhist Studies, and also holds a certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

      Karekin Yarian

      Office Manager

      Br. K is an Episcopal Friar in the Gregorian Tradition since 1994. K serves as Parish Administrator at Trinity+St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. They trained for Chaplaincy at SF General Hospital, and has been a Spiritual Director for over 20 years. They currently serve as the reigning Grand Duchess of San Francisco.

      Jim Oerther

      Program Manager, Movements

      Jim is a dancer by training. He began practicing yoga and meditation when he was 12 years old. He received a Master of Arts degree in 1997 from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley with a focus on movement and gesture in worship. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis on ritual.

      Rev. Lyle J. Beckman

      Emeritus Night Minister

      Jan 2007 – Aug 2018

      Rev. Donald A. Fox

      Emeritus Night Minister

      Nov 1995 – Dec 2006

      Rev. Charles H. Lewis

      Emeritus Night Minister

      Aug 1976 – Jan 1996

      Rev. Donald E. Stuart

      Founding Night Minister (d)

      Sept 1964 – Jul 1976

      Assistant Night Ministers

      Rev. Daniel Borysewicz

      Assistant Night Minister

      Chaplain Adam Briones

      Assistant Night Minister

      Rev. Don Fox

      Assistant Night Minister

      Rev. Berni Fricki

      Assistant Night Minister

      Rev. Thom Longino

      Assistant Night Minister

      Rev. Thomas Muller

      Assistant Night Minister

      Rev. Andreas Pielhoop

      Assistant Night Minister

      Ven. David Stickley

      Assistant Night Minister

      Rev. Megan Rohrer

      SFPD Chaplain

      Chaplain John Brett

      Assistant Minister, Open Cathedral

      Volunteers ☎️

      Thank you to our dozens of telephone Care Line caregivers!

      Advisory Board

      PJ Handeland
      The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus
      Jody Jahn
      The Rev. Mark Holmerud
      Roy Mosley
      The Rev. Michael Pappas
      Brother Jude Hill, s.s.f
      Garry McLain (Empress Marlena)
      Night Ministry Staff

      CPE Professional Advisory Group

      Rev. Rod Seeger, Chair
      David Chew
      Rev. Evred Cohen
      Tammy Lundy
      Rev. Valerie McEntee
      Ron King
      Rev. Hiroka Ochan
      Rev. Andreas Pielhoop
      Ven. David Stickly
      Rev. Silvia Tiznado

      Mary VanZomeren

      Board of Governors

      Thank you to our Board of Governors for their service. Pictured from left to right: Rev. Rodney Seeger (ACPE Certified Educator, Director of Spiritual Care Services at UCSF, Retired, Lutheran); John Cumming, President (Attorney, California Department of Industrial Relations, Episcopalian); Rev. Rebekah DavisSecretary (Pastor St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hill, Lutheran); Chris Calandro, Treasurer (Sales Manager, Tigera, Inc., UCC); and Larry Dannenberg (Administrator, Retired, Lutheran). Not pictured:  James Elerick, Vice-President, President-Elect (Supervisor, Community Volunteer Team, San Francisco Community Housing Partnership, Catholic), Megan Rogers (Assistant Supervisor, Community Volunteer Team, San Francisco Community Housing Partnership, Episcopalian), and Pam Dannenberg (Occupational Health Nurse, Ergonomist and Safety Professional,Retired, Lutheran).

      We are recruiting new board members for our dynamic ministry. We seek to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We welcome more Black voices and voices of color in particular. We invite more gender and religious diversity as well. If you are passionate about our mission, please contact Executive Director Trent Thornley to learn more about how you might join us in ministry.

      OUR Supporters

      We gratefully acknowledge these donors who contributed in 2019. You rekindle hope in the spirit of our spiritual justice ministry! Donate Now 💜

      Pictured: Over 900 supporters attend a service at the iconic Grace Cathedral to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2014.

      Corporations & Foundations

      $10,000 to $24,999

      The Charles D and Francis K Field Fund

      Sisters of Saint Joseph Healthcare Foundation

      Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem

      $5,000 to $9,999

      Community Thrift Store

      San Francisco Foundation (FAITHS Grant)

      $1,000 to $4,999

      Costco Wholesale Executive Match

      InFaith Community Foundation

      Stems MacArthur Foundation

      $500 to $999

      Brass Tacks

      Schwab Charitable

      TDG, Inc. (SF Mix)

      Up to $500

      Pacific Gas & Electric Company

      Thank you also to the many organizations that provide meals or other in-kind donations for our clients.

      Civic and Religious Organizations

      All Saints Lutheran Church, Novato

      Bethany United Methodist Church

      Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Santa Rosa

      Catholic Kolping Society of America

      Chinese Congregational Church, UCC

      Christ Church Lutheran

      Christ Church of Portola Valley and Woodside, Episcopal

      Christ United Presbyterian Church

      Coastside Lutheran Church

      Congregational Church of Belmont, UCC

      Congregational Church of San Mateo

      Ecumenical House Campus Ministry

      Elim Lutheran Church

      Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

      First Evangelical Lutheran Church

      First Lutheran of Palo Alto

      Grace Lutheran Church

      Grand Ducal Court of San Francisco

      Grace United Methodist Church

      Holy Innocents Episcopal Church

      Hope Lutheran Church, San Mateo

      Imperial Council of San Francisco

      Lakeside Presbyterian Church

      Leiden Law School

      Lisa Sievers, family and friends

      Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

      Lutheran Student Foundation of Montana

      Marin Lutheran Church

      Metropolitan Community Church, San Francisco

      Mission Bay Community Church

      Mountain Lutheran Church

      Old First Presbyterian

      Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church

      Saint Francis Lutheran Church

      Saint James Lutheran Church, San Leandro

      Saint John’s UCC

      Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hill

      Saint Mary and Saint Martha Lutheran Church

      Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church

      Saint Paulus Lutheran Church

      SF CARES

      Sierra Pacific Synod ELCA

      Trinity/St. Peters Episcopal Church

      Trinity Lutheran Church, Oakland

      Unity Lutheran Church

      University of San Francisco/Food Recovery Network

      Women of the ELCA

      Zion Lutheran Church, San Francisco

      Individual Donors

      Donors are listed alphabetically by first name for the year 2019.

      Alfred K. Seaforth

      Allison & Chris Farnitano

      Alma Zeladaparedes

      Andrea Fegley

      Andrew H. Sallach

      Barbara J. Webb

      Becky Thornley

      Bonnie L. Lindahl

      Bradley and Nancy Parrish

      Brian K. Farmer

      Bruce and Joyce Huston

      Carol Nichols

      Carolyn M. Koehler

      Charles H. Lewis

      Chris Calandro

      Chris Fox

      Craig Heckman

      Dale H. Berven

      Dan DaSilva

      Dana and Marti Sketchley

      David Bloxsom

      Dawn M. Eisenberger

      Dean and Susan Bjornson

      Donald A. Fox

      Donald and Carolyn Weber

      Elena C. Ramirez

      Elfrieda O’Neill

      Elizabeth Lewis and David Thier

      Elizabeth Monroe

      Emery Snyder

      Eric Scheide

      Esther Home and Ronald Hershman

      Fuad and Dorothy Totah

      George De Jong

      Gordon and Laura Ousset

      Grady and Ken Kase

      Gregory and Diana Gomez

      Gunhild Mariann Nygren-Shae

      Howard E. Edelstein

      Jacob Alliston

      James K. Fruehling

      James Wrede

      Jane Borg

      Jane J. Risk

      Jeanne Kirkwood

      Jeffery Fong

      Jerrold Krause

      John and Barbara Addeo

      John Elford

      Jonathan E. Scheiner

      Josephine Karas

      Judith A. Bley

      Karita E. Wienke

      Kateri Paul

      Kathleen Fritz

      Kathleen Stuart

      Kristin Carrico

      Larry and Pam Dannenberg

      Linda Jackson

      Lois Anne Indorf

      Loralee S. Durkee

      Lorna and Bert Hill

      Lyle J. Beckman

      Margret Henderson

      Marilyn A. Carlson

      Mark R. Tyx

      Mary Gutknecht

      Mary Lu Murphy

      Mary Peart

      Mary Van Zomeren

      Matthew and Yee Ling Fong Fong

      Maureen Burns

      Maureen Kwok

      Michael Langemann

      Michael P. Barrett

      Michael Wolfe

      Mrs. Pope

      Nancy Pennekamp and

                     John Cumming

      Ned and Martha Lamkin

      Patricia Brown

      Patricia and Michael Busk

      Paul Michel

      Paula W. Beattie

      Peggy and Hodapp

      Peter M. Dow

      Phil Nakamura

      Rebecca Fuller

      Richard W. and

                  Maureen C. Bergson

      Rod and Sandra Seeger

      Roger T. Ritter

      Ronald King and Dr. Lin Fraser

      Ronald and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda

      Rose Marie Springer

      Ruth M. Finkelstein

      Ryan Carmichael

      Sara Simpson

      Sarah Sonoda

      Shannon V. Cheng

      Sheila Wishek

      Sonja Pilman

      Stephen P. White

      Susan Blomberg

      Susan Richard

      Takeshi Tachibana

      Tamara Johnson

      Ted Meyer

      Terri Wright

      Toby Leavitt

      Tom Austin

      Victoria Gray

      Wendie O’Dwyer

      William Fitzgerald

      Special Thanks

      These organizations provide significant space and resources sustaining our night ministry and community programs. Thank you!

      St. Mark's Lutheran Church

      Faithful Fools

      Bob's Donuts