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Whose Leadership Are You Grateful For?

I am, without a doubt, my father’s child. He was a teacher, performer, extreme optimist and extrovert. I strive to be more like my mother. She is a therapist, devoted to helping others, amazing listener and supporter. My parents taught me to bloom where I’m planted, weigh pros and cons before a decision, always follow through, and joyfully love family and friends.

My other mentors were my dad’s parents, who instilled my love for music, beloved piano teachers, band and choir directors, managers and friends who stopped everything to listen, and amazing people I’ve met who make others feel important and loved. I consider myself lucky to have grown up in the church, surrounded by mentors: they are in pulpits, choir lofts, soup kitchens, pews, and nurseries. They are all ages and all walks of life. They are family.

We are celebrating some of those amazing leaders this Sunday: in July 1970, the Lutheran Church in America voted to allow women to be ordained. This summer marks 50 years of Lutheran women in ministry. CLICK HERE to view a video of our ELCA synod’s celebration.

When I began my career as a worship and music director, I was first partnered with Rev. Cheryl Somers-Ingersol, and we worked together for 11+ years. One of my all-time favorite preachers is Pastor Ashley Masoni. And Pastor Cynthia Schnaath has been a wonderful connector as our interim, empowering us to lead as we determine our future. I am grateful for the leadership of these women, and many others who are a guiding light in our lives.

In Christ's love,
Heather Lewis
Director of Music and Worship

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