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Sgt. Roger Kreis and his wife,
Washington State Patrol meets
There’s a benign blurring of
the rules that govern the separation of church and state when it
comes to marriage, particularly in the case of two State Patrol
officers and their wives.
The exception came to light in a
recent issue of Inside/ Out, the newsletter that is published
by the Washington State Patrol. The topic? The coincidence that
two WSP officers—Sgt. Roger Kreis and Lt. Gale Otto—each married
PLU graduates who are also Lutheran church ministers.
Kreis, a WSP evidence control officer
and supervisor of the audit section of the Office of Professional
Standards, is married to Sandra (Bowdish ’65), pastor of Our Saviour’s
Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Wash.
Otto, assistant District 8 commander
assigned to Bremerton, Wash., is married to Janis ’77, pastor
of the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church near Key Center, Wash.
Lt. Gale Otto (right) with
his wife, Janis.
Aside from the WSP connection, the
women’s lives have crossed in other ways. Janis was ordained in
1989 at a church in Puyallup, Wash., while at the same time Sandra
served as pastor of another Puyallup congregation. Janis served
five years as interim pastor of several Northwest congregations,
one of which was the same Our Saviour’s Church in Aberdeen. There,
she preceded Sandra in the ministry. Both women also received
master of divinity degrees from Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley,
The Kreis’ children are following
their parents’ career paths. Daughter Joanna ’97 serves as a church
youth director in Tacoma. Their son, Jacob, a Washington State
University graduate, is a Pierce County sheriff ’s deputy.