Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke was born in Seattle, WA on November 3, 1955. Brauer-Rieke graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In 1982 he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminaries (now Luther Seminary), in St. Paul, MN.
Ordained August 2, 1987, Brauer-Rieke served as pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Milton-Freewater, OR from 1987-2005. He then served as pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, OR from 2005-2007, and began serving as bishop of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America August 1, 2007. Brauer-Rieke has written devotions for The Upper Room Disciplines 2007 (Abingdon Press) and has poetry included in Simul: Lutheran Voices in Poetry (Xulon Press, 2007). "There Will be an Answer," a presentation given for the 2011 Convocation of the Association of Teaching Theologians of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is published in Sources of Autority in the Church: Lutheran Traditions in North American Contexts. (Lutheran University Press, 2011)
Gretchen, Brauer-Rieke’s spouse, is a Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator and founder of CodaConversations, an educational service to provide information and support for end-of-life health care decision-making (www.codaconversations.com). The Brauer-Riekes are the parents of Aaron, an attorney and Director of Tech Policy Projects with Robinson & Yu in Washington D.C.; Clare, a 2009 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, with an MSPC from Seattle University in Seattle, WA, and a certified pastoral counselor with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, currently practicing with Lutheran Counseling Network based in Seattle; and Nate, who lives in the Portland area.
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