Cyndi Wunder was born in John Day, Oregon to a forest service ranger and a woman who is a devout Lutheran. As such she spent her first formative years in the middle of the Malheur National Forest surrounded by all sorts of wildlife, yet never missed a Sunday at church. After many years of being chastised for climbing trees in her Sunday best, and racing across the fields with all the other children she was confirmed in the Missouri Synod Lutheran church in which she had grown up in.
She earned her bachelors in psychology while living abroad as a military wife and raising her two children, Joyce and Gunther. She counseled drug addicted youth and earning her CADC through the state of Oregon. In 2009 she returned to school to earn her masters of divinity. She completed a unit of clinical pastoral education serving as a chaplain intern on the cardiac and maternity wards at Abbott Northwest in Minneapolis. She completed two internships while at seminary and made a practice of studying various sessions and leadership styles in churches. She studied nonviolent communication and conflict resolution. She participated actively in the revitalization of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian and served on the worship committee and as a deacon as this church explored alternative and creative worship.
Following seminary she worked as the assistant to the pastor of Community Presbyterian in Redmond Oregon until being called to serve as the solo pastor of Jasper First Presbyterian in Texas, where she encouraged this church’s mission of racial reconciliation in the deep south.
Cyndi plays as hard as she works and has many hobbies including biking, writing, horse back riding, knitting, gardening, hiking, camping, white water rafting, yoga, and dance. She is a lover of rural life but is also comfortable in big cities. She has lived in Germany and has traveled to Norway, Denmark, Holland, and Guatemala. She has two grown children, Joyce and Gunther, who continue to amaze and astound her every day.