Candidate Biography
 

    The Rev. Ted Virts



    West Sacramento, CA


    Born:
    December 3, 1948
       
    Education and Honors:
    Doctor of Ministry San Francisco Theological Seminary 1999 Christology from the
    Margins and Generation X. Given the post-modern questions of those born between 1960 and
    1980, the dissertation is an exploration of the nature of Christ, and the practice of faith modeled
    by theology from the margins. Latin American Liberation Theology and North American Feminist
    Theology provided a model for ministry in worship, education and administration within the
    local church seeking to be in ministry with “Gen X”.
    Master of Divinity Pacific School of Religion, 1986
    MA, Education (early childhood and special education) Sonoma State 1976
    BA, Psychology University of California, Santa Cruz 1971
    Ministry:
    Dean of the Cabinet, California Nevada Annual Conference 2007- present
    Delta District Superintendent, 2003- present
    Senior Pastor, Bakersfield CA, First UMC
    2000-2003
    Pastor, Sonoma CA UMC 1994-2000
    Founding Pastor, Elko NV UM Fellowship 1990-1994
    Pastor, Carlin, NV and Battle Mountain UMC 1986-1991
    Youth/Young Adult Minister, St. Paulʼs UMC, San Jose 1984-1986
    Membership:
    Delegate, General and Jurisdictional Conference 2008
    Presenter, Cambodian National Caucus Annual Conference 2008
    Presenter, Paglago Regional Consultation, Sacramento 2008
    Member, Jurisdictional Consultation, New Church Development, Phoenix 2007
    Presenter, National Paglago Consultation (Filipino Church Development)Las Vegas 2007
    Program Design team GBHEM, Consultation on Probation 2000-2001
    Design committee GBGM, Indo-Chinese Consultation (cancelled due to Katrina)
    Design and presentation team, Cal-Nevada Academy for Church Start Pastors 2006-
    Member, Clergy Benefits Task Force, long range financial strategy for Cal-Nevada 2007-
    Member, Cal-Nevada Board of Missions, New Church Development 2005-present
    Presenter, Cal-Nevada Rural Life/Town and Country Ministries Annual Dinner, 2008
    Member, California-Nevada Board of Ordained Ministry 1998-2003, 2004-present
    Chair Probationary Committee, California Board of Ordained Ministry 1999-2003
    Volunteer in Mission: New Mexico, New Orleans, Habitat: Galt & Bakersfield CA
    Walk to Emmaus, music and spiritual direction teams 1987-2003
    Lay Speaking Coordinator, Nevada Sierra District 1988-1992
    Travel:Southern China 1983 (non church related), Korea (with Rev. WonKie Kim) 2004,
    Philippines Medical Dental Mission 2006
    Steering Committee, Side-by-Side Spiritual Companion with the Homeless 2005-
    present. Developed a funding base to enable the ministry to become self-supporting.
    Board President, La Luz 1995-2000 La Luz provided services with Spanish-speakers in
    Sonoma, developed program and organization toward self sufficiency.
    EMT I, Elko County 1988-1991, member Carlin VFD 1986-1991,EMT instructor, 1990-91
    Board, California Family Health Council - CFHC is manager of Title X family planning funds
    Board Member, Urban Ministry, San Jose; ACTS for the Homeless, San Jose
    Interest Based Negotiation Facilitator: Battalion Chief options between labor and management
    of 3 Santa Rosa area fire departments 2007-2008
    Other:
    Preacher, 9-11-01 Community Worship Service, Bakersfield CA
    Ministerial Associations: Elko, NV, Sonoma Ca, Bakersfield CA
    Leadership Team, Sonoma Ecumenical VBS, Sonoma Ecumenical Youth Group
    Pre-School teacher, Santa Clara Unified School District, 1970-73
    Pre-School Director, Campus child care, San Jose State, 1974-79
    Education and Training Director, Planed Parenthood, Santa Clara County 1979-83
    Design Team: Training film through Planned Parenthood for prevention of sexual abuse of those with Developmental Disabilities
    Endorsed by:
    Cal-Nevada Annual Conference 2008 - First endorsed Episcopal Nominee
    Filipino American Ministries of Cal-Nevada (FAM)

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