Our Staff

Pastor Ned O’Donnell


Edward (Ned) O’Donnell received his Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and was ordained in 1993. He has served as a congregational Pastor, as well as in healthcare and hospice settings. His breadth and depth of experience includes both urban and suburban locales. Rev. O’Donnell became pastor of the East Bay Lutheran Parish’s Lutheran Ministry to Nursing Homes in 2014. In this ministry and the diverse facilities it encompasses, Pastor Ned brings his passion to serve as an advocate to those in need, his experience in providing spiritual care to those who suffer, and his skills as a preacher, educator and volunteer coordinator. At the 2016 Synod Assembly, he was elected and installed as Dean of the Bridges Conference of the Sierra Pacific Synod, a group of East Bay Lutheran churches seeking ways in which they can share resources and work together.

As a theologian, Rev. O’Donnell views himself as a progressive Lutheran who is respectful of others experience of the Divine, while remaining grounded in the knowledge of the God who has called him through ordination to serve in the name of Christ. Pastor Ned understands that Lutherans have a unique way of understanding God’s grace-filled and merciful work in the world. He has been profoundly touched by Christ’s promise to always be with us – even through the worst of times – and by the privilege of ministering to others during those moments.

On a personal note, Pastor Ned grew up in New York and New Jersey. He is a graduate of Upsala College in NJ. He moved to San Francisco in 1995. He loves spending time with family, and when not enjoying outdoor activities – swimming, sailing and kayaking, hiking and biking – he enjoys going to a movie or play, or listening to an eclectic variety of music.

Jessica Fleischman

Office Administrator

Jessica Fleischman is Trinity’s Office Administrator. These days, she is able to work from home, but is available to be in the office by appointment. Get in Touch with her via an email message or leave a voicemail message at (510) 836-3135.

In addition to being our Office Administrator, Jessica manages the office of another Lutheran Church in Alameda and also works as a preschool teacher. She lives with her husband and son in Alameda, where she has lived most of her life. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, culinary arts, reading, and being with her family.