Anita R. Warner, Pastor
Pastor Anita R. Warner has served as Pastor at Advent Lutheran Church since 1999 and as Associate Pastor at Advent before that, from 1994 to 1999. She has a lifelong love of scripture, the community of faith, and the church’s music and arts, and she is awed by the work of the Holy Spirit whenever these come alive in the minds and hearts of people.
Pastor Warner was raised in Michigan and North Carolina and active in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod as a child and young adult. She was a member of the first graduating class of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and received degrees from Michigan Technological University and Stanford University in Materials Science and Engineering. She taught and worked in that field at Stanford University as a young adult.
However, a sense of call to serve in the church as pastor had been present since childhood, and she became a member of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation where she was encouraged to pursue that call. In 1989, she entered seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to prepare to serve the church in ministry. She is glad to return to Silicon Valley in California to serve a congregation in ministry and remains interested in faith and science, which are so much a part of our everyday lives.
Anita’s vocation involves a ministry of reconciliation, where individuals, reconciled to God in Christ, are “ambassadors for Christ” in the world. St. Paul testifies to this in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NRSV): “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Anita’s mentors in faith include Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu, Henri Nouwen, C. S. Lewis, Douglas John Hall, Jurgen Moltmann, Marian Wright Edelman and those who work for nonviolent social change here and around the world.
Anita has two young adult children, Emma Northcott and Luke Northcott. Besides ministry work, she enjoys time with family and friends, hiking, running, good food and drink, nature, travel, learning, and live music.