Good News!! The Council voted unanimously to
affirm the search team’s recommendation of Diana Pelletier to be called as our
Director of Children & Youth Faith Formation. Diana has a Bachelor’s
degree in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies from Gettysburg
Seminary. She is a rostered Deacon in the ELCA, and has many years of
experience in the field of faith formation ministry with children and
youth. She resides near Syracuse NY with her husband and two children,
but is excited for the opportunity to relocate and begin her work with us.
Because she is a rostered Deacon within the ELCA, the final decision to
bring her onboard is like that of calling a Pastor. There must be an
opportunity for the congregation to meet her and then to vote on whether or not
to formally extend God’s call for her to serve among us. Our bishop’s
assistant, Pr. Richter, will oversee this congregational vote. Bringing
calendars of all the necessary parties together, the best option for this was
found to be June 10th.
To best accommodate the vote to call Diana, one meeting after a common
worship service to gather all of us together is needed. So, on June
10th, we will have one worship service at 9AM, during which Diana will
offer the children’s sermon. Afterward we will vote. Following the
vote, there will be a reception in the fellowship hall. Also, on
Saturday, June 9th, we will host a Meet and Greet from 4pm to 6pm in
the fellowship hall for the congregation to have a chance to talk with Diana
prior to the vote on Sunday.
Please find below a bio of Diana. If you would like more information, please click here to read her RMP (Rostered Minister Profile).
This is an exciting event in the life of our congregation. Please make every effort to participate June
9th and 10th.
Diana Pelletier Bio
I was born and raised in
Connecticut. I received a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Texas Lutheran
University and a few years later a Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies from
the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg with a focus on Christian
Education and Pastoral Care.
I started my working career as a
social worker for people with disabilities and at risk youth, which is where I
developed a heart for advocacy. I have served in
synodical and congregational Christian Education and Youth Ministry settings as
well as in several capacities in Theological Education with Youth (TEY), a
joint ministry of the Lutheran seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia.
In 2007, as the result of a car
accident, I sustained a cervical spinal cord
injury (I broke my neck). I am blessed in my recovery because I have regained a
lot of function I originally lost, though I still ambulate with a power wheelchair.
This experience has had a profound impact on me, my family, and my sense of
call. I now live from a perspective of ‘otherness,’ where advocating for basic needs
is a frequent reality. This has opened my mind and my heart to all forms of ‘otherness’
we, as humans, have created. I feel called by God to help break down the
barriers created when we perceive people as ‘other’ through education and
experiences. I view my call to ministry as one of helping others fully realize
the mission and meaning of Jesus’ mission and equipping them to “be Jesus” in
and for the sake of the world. I believe Jesus calls us to love all of our
neighbors and form bridges of love across all that divides the Children of God.
I am called, as well, to be a
partner in life with my husband, Jeff, and as the mother of my two children,
Hannah (12) and Cole (11). I love horseback riding, painting, adventures and
travelling with my family. I am extremely close with my only sibling, Janine,
and with my parents.