Tracey Breashears Schultz Called as Bishop’s Associate

Last month the Synod Council gathered in New Orleans for one of its quarterly meetings. Amidst the business at that meeting was a decision that will make a difference to the congregations in our synod. The Council voted unanimously to issue a call to The Rev. Dr. Tracey Breashears Schultz to serve as Assistant to the Bishop in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.

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Tracey Breashears Schultz  Photo credit: Frank Wabnitz

When in the Fall of 2018 Assistant to the Bishop Blair Lundborg announced his desire to retire in the Spring of 2019, it felt a long way off. Nevertheless, the position was posted in November 2018, and the search began. Pastor Blair Lundborg has served as Assistant to the Bishop for the last six years.

Pastor Breashears Schultz currently serves Zion Lutheran Church in the Houston Heights. She has served Zion for nearly seven years. Prior to this call, she served at MacArthur Park Lutheran Church in San Antonio.  A graduate of The University of Arkansas, Pastor Breashears Schultz received her Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Before her journey toward ordination, Pastor Breashears Schultz was a Spanish teacher; prior to that, she was a trainer for a medical software company.

Pastor Breashears Schultz came to the Lutheran church through the ministry of a hospital chaplain who cared for her and her family after the untimely death of her first husband. Perhaps it is because she has experienced the teachings of other denominations that she can so clearly articulate what a gift Lutheran theology is to her.

Her husband, Chris Schultz, is an architect and life-long Lutheran. He divides his time between their home in the Heights and his firm in San Antonio.

About being the next Bishop’s Associate, Pastor Breashears Schultz says, “I am excited about this new work and grateful to the Spirit for stirring up this call within me. I look forward to the joys and challenges that lie ahead, to building relationships with the congregations of our synod, and to being part of the warm and dedicated team that is the synod staff.”

“Pastor Breashears Schultz is uniquely gifted for this work,” said Bishop Mike Rinehart. “She is strategic, detailed, passionate about faith formation, and has a tireless love for the church.”

March 3, 2019 will be Pastor Breashears Schultz’ last Sunday at Zion. She will work with Pastor Blair Lundborg for three weeks starting March 11. Please join us in giving her a warm welcome.