Pastor Christephor hails from Louisville, Kentucky and received his Master of Divinity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. In his formation to be a Pastor he had the privilege to serve St. Pauls House, Bonaventure House, and Resurrection Lutheran in Chicago; Faith Lutheran in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and St. Paul Lutheran in Arlington, Massachusetts. Christephor also worked for two years as the Communications and Development Coordinator for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, an organization that affirms and supports LGBTQIA+ rostered leaders and those pursuing a call to rostered leadership. He is a member of Proclaim, the professional organization for Lutheran pastors, deacons, candidates, and seminarians who publicly identify as LGBTQIA+.
As a second (maybe third) career Pastor, Christephor also has an extensive background in the performing arts, including work as a dancer and choreographer, actor, costume designer and director (BA theatre and dance/Bard College; MFA dance/University of Hawaii). Prior to entering seminary, Christephor worked as the Program Manager for the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts and completed a Master of Arts in Spirituality at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Christephor serves the New England Synod Council as a member and chaplain, and he is the ELCA representative to the Maine Council of Churches (where he also serves on the Executive Committee of the board as Secretary). Christephor lives in Portland with his husband Donald and two cats: Ariel and Elliot.