Rev. Dr. Earnest E. Tate
I am married to Dorothy J. Tate. We raised three daughters who are all married and we have eight grandchildren among them. I presently reside in Port St. Lucie, Fl. I graduated from Rust College in Hollysprings, MS with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry (June 1971). I also studied at the University of Memphis (Fall 1969) under a National Science Grant in Chemistry. I moved to Duluth, MN in July 1971. While in Duluth, I studied at the University of Minnesota and worked as a Chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency-National Water Quality Laboratory on the Reserve Mining Project (1971-1973). I continued my studies and earned a Master of Divinity degree in November 1993 and a Doctor of Ministry in 2007. In June 1982, I received a Master of Public Health in the area of Radiological Science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
I continued my career as a Chemist and later a Health Physicist (February 1974-2004) at the Minnesota Department of Health in Minneapolis where I managed a $1 million dollar budget in the Radon Program and $12 million dollar budget in the Radiological Emergency Response Program. While working as a Chemist and serving as a Sunday School Superintendent at St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church, I received my inner call into the ministry (February 1989) while studying at Luther Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Initially, my intent was to take the lead as the Sunday School Superintendent to study within an academic setting to assist my teachers at St. Peters.
Although I was an Associate Pastor at St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Bishop of the Minneapolis Synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America wanted to become more ecumenical and recommended me for a Call with Messiah Lutheran Church. I served as an Associate Pastor at Messiah from November 1997 to December 2008. At Messiah, I preached and led Worship twice a month. I was also involved in pastoral care, visiting church members in care centers, hospitals, and homes. As a community liaison, I served as the co-chair of the West Phillips Community Program and also as the co-chair of Weed and Seed Program (A federally funded community program).
I was rostered in 2006 within the ELCA. I moved to Milwaukee, WI in 2009 to serve as Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in the Greater Milwaukee Synod (January 1, 2009 to January 26, 2014). I assisted churches, state, and government agencies in an effort to provide spiritual guidance to the community. As part of my faith journey, I preach the Gospel, teach the unadulterated scripture, and administer the sacrament of Holy Communion. While in Milwaukee, WS, I journeyed with the people of the New Haven Community promoting affordable housing as defined by the community and not government, worked on grants for low and middle income people to make improvements on their property, promoted structured after school program for children, and a work force programs for all and not just a remnant of the community. I assisted area school staff, business owners, non-profits, and residents with ways to be more accountable to the community. I am continuously defining ways to minimize the number of young people who are being incarcerated and developing ways to work within the community to diminish residents and business owner’s fear of crimes.
Deacon Susan Spee
Office Manager – Debbie Pinto
Director of Buildings & Grounds – Joe Weber
Director of Operations – Brenda Newins
Hope Lutheran Church has been my church since I moved here from Long Island, N.Y. in 2012. I’m presently on the Policy & Personnel Committee and Director of Operations. Presently living in Tradition and along with the church my passion is my grandchildren.