About St. Andrew’s

We adhere to the following Principles and Values:

  • Providing a warm, welcoming, supportive environment of hospitality.
  • Celebrating our faith through uplifting worship and Christian fellowship.
  • Developing and deepening our faith through learning and sharing the Good News of Christ.
  • Nurturing and supporting the spiritual needs of our members and community.
  • Serving the local and global community by offering our support and resources.

“We welcome all people as children of God and invite them to participate fully in the life and ministry at St. Andrew’s regardless of age, race, gender, education, ethnic origin, marital or family status, cultural heritage, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic reality or diversity of ability.  We resolve to be a church with open hearts, open minds, open doors and seeking to be reconciled to God and one another.”

Begun as a mission congregation of the United Lutheran Church, St. Andrew’s was established in 1944. Worship facilities at the corner of 15th Ave. and El Camino were built in 1949. The current sanctuary was completed in 1964. In 1988, St. Andrew’s became part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Seeking to always be of service, like the community around it, the congregation has experienced the ebbs and flows of living in an expensive area of the country. In addition to providing a place where Christian faith can be celebrated and nurtured, St. Andrew’s has a long history of outreach and compassionate service to others.

Many congregations have been aided in their beginnings by St. Andrew’s. Messiah Lutheran in Redwood City was sponsored in 1951. Immanuel Lutheran in Los Altos was sponsored in 1952. Christ Lutheran in Burlingame was merged with St. Andrew’s in 1975.
St. Andrew’s has been the temporary home for many other congregations. Christ Church of the Bay Area had their beginnings here. We currently are hosting Living Water Chinese Christian Church.St. Andrew’s is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. We are part of the Sierra Pacific Synod with offices in Sacramento, Burlingame and Fresno, California. Click here for the Synod’s newsletter.

About Our Pastor

Pastor Dawn Roginski grew up in Minnesota as an only child. They attended the University of Minnesota and earned a BA in psychology. They went on to earn a MA in counseling psychology from St. Mary’s University after spending time working with mentally ill adults.

While working with a spiritual director, they sensed a call to ministry and was led to St. John’s university and finished at Luther Seminary. At the time of approval, they were postponed due to the ELCA’s policy against ordaining sexual minority people. They was approved by the Extraordinary Candidacy Project (now Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries) and was ordained extra ordinem in June 2007 after receiving their first call at St. Francis Lutheran in San Francisco.
Since their first call, they served the Coalition for Welcoming Congregations at the Pacific School of Religion. They also were a student there and completed a Doctor of Ministry in Liturgical Studies, focusing upon expansive language for God.
After completing my studies, they took a call at Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity. This last call put them on an interesting journey from a part-time call, to a two-point call, to a merger of the two congregations and finally a FT call at United in Grace Lutheran. This seven-year journey taught them a great deal about congregation cultures and change. The Bishop had been discussing interim ministry with me for a while and when they felt it was time to move on from United in Grace, it seemed like the perfect time to enter this ministry.