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Our Pastor Keri Rainsberger 19748418 1484965551526288 2022928854839344655 n

Consistent with our mission: “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry”, Bishop Sally Dyck and the NIC cabinet are pleased to make the appointment of Pastor Keri Rainsberger to Lena UMC and its community, effective July 1, 2017, for the following missional reasons:
• Strong preacher
• Experienced in children’s ministries
• Relational leader; ability to meet people where they are at
I was born and raised in the Columbus, Ohio region and moved to Illinois in 2003 when I was matched with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for a year of service through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. I loved it so much I stayed for a second year and then never left! I have family scattered from New Jersey to Washington State. I was baptized as an infant at Summit Station UMC and have been nurtured by UMC congregations ever since. I come from a long line of preachers (a great-grandpa, a great-great uncle, two grandpas, and a dad!) but avoided my own call to pastoral ministry for several years. Instead, I ministered as a data analyst/database manager and by serving in my local church, Broadway UMC, Chicago, as an active lay member. Finally, the call to pastoring grew too loud to push off and I jumped in. While in seminary I served as a student intern with Fisher Memorial AME Zion/Interfaith Action of Evanston and then with First UMC, Evanston. I worship with my whole body so you are likely to see me dancing to the hymns or at least vigorously bobbing my head and tapping my feet. I also like to praise God for creating beautiful days by riding my bike, Jazz, while smiling from ear to ear and occasionally letting out a whoop of pure joy. I like to knit, quilt, and sew and cannot get out of a fabric store without feeling every bolt of fabric. Throughout exploration of my call to pastoral ministry I have had the image of water. Sometimes I saw my ministry as a bridge over troubled water, other times as clinging to a raft on rapids, or other times on the shoreline as the adventure outfitter equipping those in the raft. I look forward to seeing how the waters of Lake Le-Aqua-Na and the congregation of Lena shape and change my call!


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