Thursday, April 29, 2010


Megan Rohrer, MDiv, DHL

  • 1994-1998 Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1998-2001 BA at Augustana College in Sioux Falls SD
  • 2002-2003 Student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA
  • 2004-2005 Master of Divinity from the Pacific School for Religion in Berkeley, CA
  • 2009-Present Doctoral Candidate, Pacific School for Religion in Berkeley, CA

  • 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.
  • 2014 Award of Merit Winner: LGBT Category for notable artistic and technical productions, Accolade Global Film Competition, for the film Zanderology.
  • 2014 The Castro Lions Club, Richard E. Twining Memorial Award, for outstanding service to our community.
  • 2014 Honorable Mention, Unsung Hero of Compassion, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • 2013 Nominee for Historian of the Year, Upcoming Artist of the Year and for the Artistic Film Zanderology, Museum Of Transgender History and Art Awards.
  • 2013, Tenderloin Pride Awards, Gangway.
  • 2012, August 19th declared "Pastor Megan Rohrer Day" by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
  • 2012 Finalist in Transgender Nonfiction, 24th Annual Lambda Literary Award.
  • 2011 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Palo Alto University for community service.
  • 2011 Finalist in the Bay Area Citizen's Citizen of Tomorrow Award. (The Bay Area Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization providing local coverage of the San Francisco Bay Area for The New York Times.)
  • 2010 Winner of Out History's Since Stonewall Local History Competition for the online exhibit Man-i-fest: FTM Mentoring in San Francisco from 1976-2009
  • 2007 Honorary Black Belt, Triangle Martial Arts Association, San Francisco, CA

  • 2012 Completed 291 hours of coursework towards the certification process for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.
  • 2011 CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross Bay Area.
  • 2010 - Received onto the roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Diocese of California
  • 2008-2011 Somatic Experiencing Training, Foundation for Human Enrichment: 216 hours in how to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • 2006-2011 Ordained & Rostered Minister, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries
  • 2005 Clinical Hospital Ministry Training, Sojourn Chaplaincy, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA
  • 2004 Reiki Master, Care Through Touch Institute in San Francisco, CA
  • 2003 Nonviolence Facilitator Training, From Violence to Wholeness Curriculum, Pace e Bene, Oakland, CA
  • 2001 Counseling Training : 50+ hours including: MABS; safe holdings; sexual abuse; and prevention for sexually active children.
  • 2002-Present Executive Director, Welcome- a communal response to poverty, San Francisco, CA 
  • 2013-Present Assistant Night Minister, Night Ministry, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2010-Present Contributing Blogger, Living Lutheran, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL
  • 2012-2012 Provider and Resource Manager, Project Homeless Connect, San Francisco CA
  • 2010-2012 Growing Home Community Garden Manager, Project Homeless Connect [a project of the Department of Public Health and the Mayor's Office], San Francisco, CA (Growing Home Community Garden won the 2010 NEN Best Community Challenge Grant Project)
  • 2001-2002 Child Care Counselor, Children's Home Society , Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1998-2001 Summer Conference Staff at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 2014 Speaker, Sharing Local Histories,Creating Change, National LGBT Equality Conference.
  • 2013 A Giving Season, Café (December 2013).  
  • 2013  What Kind of Giver Are You? Café (December 2013).
  • 2012 Keynote, Transgender Religious Leaders Summit, a project of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.
  • 2012 Speaker, Creating an Effective Youth Ministry Program Inclusive of LGBTQ Young People, Youth Faith and Family Conference, Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, a project of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.
  • 2012 "Advocacy: Faith Meets Action," Café (June Issue).
  • 2012 Keynote, Transgender Unity Banquet, Houston, TX.
  • 2012 Featured Speaker, Equality Talks Workshop – Human Rights Campaign, Western Regional LGBTQIA Conference, University of California, Merced and the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
  • 2012 Presenter, A Faithful Response to LGBTQ Homeless Youth, Creating Change, National LGBT Equality Conference.
  • 2012 Panel Speaker, The Pleasures and Perils of LGBTQ History, the American Historical Association Conference.
  • 2011 With Open Arms, Documentary.
  • 2011 Panel Speaker, LGBTQ Youth: Improving Our Response and Gaining Community Support, National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference
  • 2011 Panel Speaker, LGBT Homelessness & Youth: Religious Advocacy and Accountability, HRC Clergy Call
  • 2011 Photo Essay, Everyday Drag: The Aesthetics of Gender and the Pressure to Perform, Briarpatch Magazine, May/June.
  • 2011 Co-editor, Letters For My Brothers, Wilgefortis
  • 2010 Co-editor, Designer and Contributor, Vanguard Revisited Magazine. (exhibited in the 2011 National Queer Art's Festival's Exhibit - Queer it Yourself: Tools for Survival)
  • 2010 Associate Curator, Our Vast Queer Past, GLBT Historical Society Museum
  • 2010 Street Power: The Story of San Francisco's Vanguard, National Queer Arts Festival, GLBT Historical Society
  • 2010 Curator, Man-i-fest: FTM Mentoring in San Francisco from 1976-2009 (online exhibit on Out History and physical exhibit at the GLBT Historical Society)
  • 2010 Queer Public Histories of the Tenderloin, Queer Studies Lecture Series, Sonoma State University
  • 2009 Queerly Lutheran, Wilgefortis
  • 2009 Finding Your Spiritual Path, Philadelphia Trans-Health Summit
  • 2009 Polk Street Stories Project, Hobos to Homeless Exhibit: California Historical Society
  • 2009 Faith and Gender: A Congregational Guide for Transgender Advocacy, Facilitator for the Human Rights Campaign
  • 2009 Out in Season: The Church Year through Transgender Eyes, Online sermon resources for pastors following the lectionary to talk about transgender themes and issues, Human Rights Campaign
  • 2009 “Queering Soteriology,” Stand Boldly: Post Modern Lutheran Theology- A collection of essays from young Lutheran Theologians. Three Trees Press
  • 2008 Queer Spirituality, Class taught at the Faith and Feminism conference at HerChurch/Ebenezer Lutheran in San Francisco
  • 2008 Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries – Creative Ministry to, for and led by queer people, Lutheran’s Concerned North America biennial assembly
  • 2008 “Eye of God,” Schmap Berkeley Guide: Fifth Edition, – Photograph.
  • 2008 Testimony - Documentary intersecting faith and coming out stories.
  • 2007 Out of the Extraordinary: Benefit Album for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries- Megan co-produced, contributed and designed this CD that includes Bread for the Journey, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Dakota Road, Jonathon Rundman, Carrie Newcomer and the Indigo Girls and raised more than $7,000
  • 2007 Bound for Glory- Solo CD where Megan handled all aspects of production and creation.
  • 2007 Simul: Lutheran Voices in Poetry, Ed. Odland, Mark, Xulon Press
  • 2005 Gender Plurality and the Church: Serving Transgendered Individuals in Communities of Faith, Pacific School of Religion’s Earl Lectures
  • 1998 Homosexuality, the Church and Reconciliation, Augustana Symposium, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1997 The World Would Be a Better Place if Everyone Were Naked, American Academy of Religion, Luther Seminary, Minneapolis MN
Community Work and Activities:
  • 2014 - Present   Member of the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • 2010 - Present   Founding Board Member, SF CARES
  • 2007-2011 Member of the Board of Directors for Sojourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital
  • 2006-2010 Director of Candidacy for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries
  • 2007-2008 Communications Chair Covenant Circle Member for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries
  • 2006 Tenderloin Community Health Fair Planning Committee Member
  • 2007 Member of the Steering Committee for the San Francisco Trans March
  • 2006-2007 Member of the Goodsoil Consensus Circle
  • 2000-2001 Member of the Board of Directors for Pride on the Prairie, Sioux Falls, SD

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