Meet our Staff
Leslie Price, Senior Pastor
The Rev. Leslie Price believes in welcoming all God’s children into the church. Her strong personal faith in God’s grace and Christ’s power of healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation guides her actions and interactions in ministry and life.
She was called to serve Christ Lutheran in 2010, and the congregation has flourished under her leadership. Her commitment to our mission is evident in the robust worship and music, dynamic education ministry, service to the community, and continuation of our pledge to give 20% of our offerings to benevolence.
Prior to her ministry at Christ Lutheran, Pastor Leslie held several youth ministry positions and an associate pastoral role. Her academic credentials include a Political Science degree, Valparaiso University, IN; Master of Youth Ministry, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; Master of Divinity, Luther Seminary; Clinical Pastoral Education certification; and internship in a Mexico City squatter community.
Throughout her studies, she says, “I constantly moved toward developing a faith that wasn’t afraid of confronting doubts, challenges, and questions.” She travels this journey still and invites her congregation to join her.
A native of Kansas, Pastor Leslie honors her Midwestern roots through her integrity and hard work. She is fluent in Spanish, an avid reader, enjoys creative writing, and is an impassioned advocate for peace and justice. Her elegant soprano singing voice and intelligent, compassionate preaching elevate our worship experience. Leslie also loves getting outdoors, whether running, hiking, or even the occasional bike ride with her cyclist husband, Jayme Brown. Leslie and Jayme both love their dog, Adelaide, who brings so much joy to their lives.
Howard Stendahl, Pastor
The Rev. Howard D. Stendahl came to Christ Lutheran Church in May of 2018 to assist Pastor Leslie Price, with areas of responsibility in preaching and pastoral care. A native of Minnesota, Pastor Stendahl or “H” as members of the congregation call him, is a graduate of Hamline University, St Paul, MN (B.A.), Luther Theological Seminary, St Paul, MN (M.Div.), The Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, IN (D.Min.) and holds a Doctor of Divinity degree (D.D.) from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS), Columbia, SC.
Pastor Stendahl studied Clinical Pastoral Education, served congregations in Texas and Wisconsin, and retired from active duty as Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Air Force in 2015, in the grade of Major General. He also completed graduate degree programs at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL, and the Capstone General Officer course at the National Defense University, Washington, DC. Following retirement from the Air Force Chaplain Corps he served as an adjunct professor at LTSS in preaching and pastoral care.
With more than 40 years’ experience in parish and specialized ministry settings, Pastor Stendahl is delighted to return to parish ministry at Christ Lutheran Church and make his permanent home in San Antonio. Howard and Patricia Stendahl have three sons and two grandchildren. Pastor Stendahl is devoted to direct ministries in support of respect for human dignity worldwide. It is his belief that the Christian church is the gathering of God’s people, for others. It is truly “God’s work – our hands.”
Dr. Daniel Long, Director of Music
Dan has been directing music ministries since the age of 13. Holding degrees from Drake University (Des Moines), the University of Texas at Austin, Musik Akademie Johann Sebastian Bach (Stuttgart, Germany), and the University of South Africa, Dr. Long has served prominent churches in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa, Stuttgart, Germany, Austin, New Braunfels, and San Antonio, Texas. Besides his duties at CLCAH, he is also Professor of Music at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.
Becky Richard, Office Manager & Accountant
Becky Richard has served as our Accountant since January, 1992 and has been the Office Manager since January, 2007. Becky has a BA with a concentration in Accounting from Southwest Texas State University and is also a Certified Public Accountant. She and her husband Kirk have 2 children, Sarah and Benjamin.