Joel Raydon Workin (1961-1995) was born in Fargo, ND, and grew up on a farm in nearby Walcott. He received his Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA. In 1986 Joel interned at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Inglewood, CA. In the fall of 1987, Joel came out publicly as a gay candidate for the ordained ministry and was certified for call by the American Lutheran Church (a predecessor body to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Following this courageous and faithful act, Joel’s certification was revoked by the ELCA and his name was never placed on the roster of approved candidates waiting for call. Joel’s ministry continued in Los Angeles, however, at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and as Director of Chris Brownlie Hospice. On December 30, 1988, Joel married Paul Jenkins. Joel was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, North Hollywood. He and Paul were active in Lutherans Concerned/Los Angeles and Dignity/Los Angeles. Paul died of AIDS on June 6, 1993.
The University Lutheran Chapel Endowment Fund is a ministry through which members and friends of our parish can make a difference at work in the world. This winter, the Endowment Team made its first grant to Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries in support of their new venture, “Proclaim,” a professional community for publicly-identified lgbtq rostered leaders in the Lutheran church. This first grant supported the process leading to the creation of a new identity and artwork for this new community and was crucial for launching this new venture.
“In making this grant the Chapel reaffirms its long-standing commitment to ELM. We are excited about the steps you are taking to build an even stronger justice-centered community for the future. We are honored to be associated with ELM and with this new project, Proclaim.”
Amalia Vagts, Executive Director of ELM wrote in gratitude to the Chapel community this past week.