Dr. Tyrone Partee, who stepped in as Senior Pastor on April 1, 2021, has served as a chaplain and spiritual leader in Norway. He returned stateside along with his wife, Pastor Alicia Partee, to take the reins of Maranatha Christian Center (MCC), located in central San Jose. Pastor Partee and his wife have been happily married for twelve years. Together, they are the proud parents of seven children and five grandchildren.

Native of Chicago, Pastor Partee received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Augustana College. In 1986, he graduated with a Master of Divinity and, later, a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Lutheran School of Theology.

After he was ordained in the ministry in 1987, he served as senior pastor at three inner-city congregations in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. He has also served as a prison chaplain in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Norway and as a police chaplain in New Orleans.

Besides hosting former president Barack Obama’s first community organization office at Reformation Lutheran Church in the Roseland community of Chicago, he is most proud of organizing local churches and businesses in the redevelopment of the community of North Minneapolis. As a result of this groundwork, Redeemer Center for Life (RCFL) was born and is still changing lives today. RCFL is a nonprofit organization committed to youth training, attainable housing, and workforce development in the Harrison neighborhood. Since 1998, this place-based organization has celebrated and reinforced the diversity of Minneapolis’s Northside through social action as well as financial and programmatic investment in its people, ideas, and enterprises.

In Norway, Dr. Partee served as a street outreach pastor and as director of the Church City Mission in Oslo and senior chaplain at the state prison in Baerum. In addition to his work as a chaplain, he works as a counselor and coach for men.

As a servant leader, Pastor Partee finds time to visit the sick, to call the members and, to assist the most vulnerable. Furthermore, he believes that the children of God should live an abundant life of grace, which is why he has dedicated himself to helping people fully embrace God’s love and experience His Greatness.

“I look forward to continuing the great work done at Maranatha, lifting up the name of Jesus, and serving the community side by side with you.”
—Dr. Tyrone Partee