Rev. Steve Jerbi

"Kindness and truth will meet; justice and peace shall kiss." Psalm 85

I am a proven leader in community organizing; urban leadership; cross-cultural experiences; cross-generational and young adult ministry; advocacy and justice.

I have worked with organizations to do strategic planning, visioning, values clarification and anti-oppression work. I have worked with religious and secular non-profit organizations and community groups.

I am available for training and consulting, speaking and preaching, weddings, and funerals.

Pastor Steve

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:9

I have been blessed to lead in spaces that connect faith, justice, and action. I currently serve at Lāna'i Union Church in Lāna'i City, HI. This United Church of Christ congregation is a blending of communities and cultures with the vibrancy of a church filled with children and youth. 

Before coming to Hawai'i, I led other congregations.  I served as the lead pastor of  Bethel Encino, a progressive congregation in Los Angeles. While there I also served as the board chair of the Interfaith Solidarity Network. Before LA, I served as the senior pastor at All Peoples Church in Milwaukee, WI. 

I earned a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Montana - Missoula in English Literature with an Environmental Studies minor. I graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with a Masters of Divinity and an environmental ministry emphasis. I am an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

I am passionate about the intersection of racial, economic, and environmental justice. I love working with leaders and communities to identify and clarify their passions and collaborate on strategies toward living out their values.

My partner Jennifer and I  live on the island of Lāna'i where we raise our two daughters and train our puppy.

About Pastor Steve