Our Pastor

Rev. Gretchen Schoon Tanis, Ph.D., is an ordained minister from the Reformed Church in America. Pastor GShe holds her Ph.D. in Youth Ministry and Theology from King’s College, London, and is an Associate Professor at NLA University College in Bergen, Norway, where she helps to coordinate the Masters in Theology and Ministry program as well as teaches the youth ministry course. The focus of her thesis was on the history and theology of Young Life, a parachurch organization that works with teenagers around the world. She has a husband and two teenage children as well as two cats (Aslan and Lily). She enjoys playing and watching football as well as reading and traveling.

During the pandemic, RELISH went virtual via Zoom. Below are a few of the sermons Pastor G delivered during that time:

September 13, 2020: Pastor Gretchen preaches a message on forgiveness, based on Genesis 50 :15-21 and Matthew 18: 21-35.
Easter 2021: Pastor Gretchen brings an Easter message and prayer based on John 20:1-18.
April 11, 2021: Pastor Gretchen’s message is based on 1 John 1 and John 20:19 -31.