Spiritual Support at eliseo

Committed to wellness in every facet of life.

At eliseo we are committed to wellness in every facet of life: physical, emotional, social, and spiritual.

What began in 1938 as a small joint mission of several area Lutheran congregations has grown into a thriving, vibrant, nurturing, and caring community true to our faith-based heritage. At eliseo we attend to our resident’s spiritual health by providing full-time on-campus chaplaincy services for residents, resident’s families, and staff regardless of their faith tradition.

During COVID and construction the space that was Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community’s chapel is being repurposed for other use, and a new, smaller prayer chapel and a new multipurpose room that will see use as our main chapel is under construction. In the meantime, like the ancient Israelites, we gather for worship, conversation, and consolation in all sorts of places along the way.

Some of the services our chaplains provide include:

  • Daily chapel services on eliseo’s television channel 3 at 9 am.
  • Sunday worship on channel 3 at 10 am.
  • Monthly Communion service in independent apartment area
  • Special seasonal and holiday services and events
  • Individual visits with residents and families
  • Weekly Bible studies throughout the facility
  • Pastoral & palliative care
  • Grief counseling & support
  • Collaboration with staff to lead a variety of activities and programs.

Our chaplains are both ordained Word and Sacrament ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Chaplain Jeff Gaustad

Chaplain Jeffery Gaustad

Chaplain Jeffery Gaustad has over three decades of pastoral experience and leadership, having served congregations in Kentucky, Indiana, and Washington. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Music from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, a Master of Divinity from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Seminary. He and his wife Deb have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Associate Chaplain Anna Bonaro

Associate Chaplain Anna Bonaro

Associate Chaplain Anna Bonaro also serves as Pastor of Key Peninsula Lutheran Church in Lakebay, WA. Anna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communication from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, a Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA, and completed a year hospital chaplain residency at UCSF in San Francisco, CA. She and her husband Adrian (also a Lutheran pastor) have two very active boys. Their family is rounded out by their miniature schnauzer, Gus.

These Covenant Churches partner with us in eliseo’s ministry, offering support, guidance, and accountability:

  • Agnus Dei Lutheran Church, Gig Harbor
  • Bethany Presbyterian Church, Tacoma
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, Spanaway
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lakewood
  • Lutheran Church of Christ the King, Tacoma
  • Mount Cross Lutheran Church, University Place
  • Peace Lutheran Church – Puyallup
  • Peace Lutheran Church – Tacoma
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fircrest
  • Resurrection Lutheran Church, Tacoma
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, Tacoma
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Tacoma
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Tacoma
  • United Lutheran Church, Tacoma