Dear Members & Friends:
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at St. Paul’s for almost a month already! I’ve started doing many things since my first day—including helping teach Confirmation, planning for the Youth Gathering, and leading the Women’s Christian Fellowship group—but the most important has been getting to know the people of St. Paul’s. Learning your history, your cares and concerns, sorrows and joys has been a priority as I began here, and it will continue to be so. It is also, of course, important for the people of St. Paul’s to get to know me as well. In that light, I thought I would share a little bit of what has led me to this place.
I grew up in Lansdale, PA, before attending the College of William and Mary. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in religious studies. It was at William and Mary that I first began feeling a call to ordained ministry—something I explored more in college. After college, I enrolled at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. I did my field education at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia and my internship at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Easton, PA. During my final year of seminary, I served as co-president of the senior class and graduated this past May with honors.
While at seminary, I met my husband, Tim Ness. Tim was a year ahead of me in school and now serves as the pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Clifton Heights. We were married in June at the seminary chapel, and have since moved to a new home in Broomall.
I am very excited to begin ministry here at St. Paul’s, and thank God for leading me to this place. I would like to express a sincere thank you for the many and various ways that you have welcomed me into your church in my first month here. I already love serving the people of St. Paul’s and look forward to growing together in Christ. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived on my first Sunday. Every church is different, just like every person is different. One of the very first things I noticed about the folks at St. Paul’s is that you are a genuine and welcoming congregation. This is a place where relationships are deep, and where new people are helped to feel like family very quickly. As one of those new people, I thank you.
Another important thing I have noticed thus far is St. Paul’s desire and willingness to grow in faith and service. Many congregations might make a big anniversary a reason to look back to the past, but St. Paul’s has chosen to use its 250th Anniversary as an occasion not only to remember the past, but also to continue looking forward to the new and exciting places God is calling us to be as a church. I am honored to be a part of that looking forward, as we continue to grow together in Christ.
Pastor Laura Trancredi