Pastor Stan Abraham was born and raised in a Lutheran family in the San Francisco Bay Area. His family was active in its local Lutheran parish and the witness of the faith of both his pastor and parents led him to a desire to be a Lutheran pastor. He graduated from college with a degree in education. Upon completing his seminary studies in 1972, he earned an M.Div. degree with a major in Biblical Interpretation.
Pastor Abraham has been serving Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church since September, 1995. He has served parishes in Sacramento and Sparks, Nevada. While in Sparks, he earned an M.A. degree in Reformation History from the University of Nevada, Reno. Pastor Abraham is married to Lynne and they have four children. Lynne is a former Lutheran school teacher.
Pastor Abraham has served the church at large as circuit counselor, editor of the district/synod newspaper, and chairman of the board of Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp in Felton. He is a member of the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club, bowls in a league, and has actively continued the congregation’s focus on ministry to and with the homeless.
(Vicarage will begin Feb. 2022)
Anthony Suárez-Abraham is a Cuban-American from Miami, Florida, who has been living in Santa Cruz county with his wife, Dr. Leah Suárez-Abraham, and their three children since 2019. In addition to serving as Mt. Calvary's vicar, Anthony is the head of the Caretaker Support and Liturgical Arts committees. He also serves on the board of CIMA (Community Information Center for Migrant Assistance), a ministry supported by Mt. Calvary. Anthony is on the theology faculty at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA, and at Dominican University in Chicago, teaching Christian theology from the Latin@ experience.
Prior to moving to California, Anthony and his family were members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park, Illinois, where Anthony served as chair of the Nominating Committee and the Worship, Music and the Arts Committee. He preached at Good Shepherd regularly, served as lector and communion minister, and ran their massive audio/video system from time to time.