Irving Park Lutheran Church is pleased to welcome the Reverend Erin Kathleen Bouman, who will begin her post on December 8th.
A little about Pastor Bouman:
Pastor Bouman was ordained in November, 2010. She is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Erin received her Master of Divinity Degree from the Divinity School, The University of Chicago, and her Certificate in Theology from The Lutheran School of Theology, at Chicago. She continues her studies for a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Preaching.
She has served, along with her husband, Tim, as a teaching missionary in Tanzania for four years, which is where their two children were born. She has also served as the Administrative Director for Trinity's Services and Food for the Homeless in New York, as well as the Communication Assistant for Lutheran World Relief in New York.
For the past three years she has been an Associate Pastor at an ELCA church in a south suburb. She has participated in all areas of the church, and focused on Preaching and Worship Leadership, Administration, Children's Ministry, Building a sense of Community, Music, Worship, and the Arts.
Pastor Bouman is passionate about worship and preaching, and values that all of our gifts are from God. She enjoys the diversity of the city, and is excited about the ministries that are happening here at Irving Park Lutheran Church. She brings many gifts to IPLC, and we welcome all to worship where you will get to experience her warmth and caring nature as you get to know her.
Along with life come questions — questions about the future, questions about the past, questions about the way the world is, questions about poverty and suffering, questions about justice and peace. We gather together at Irving Park Lutheran Church to find God in the midst of our questions. Here people can bring their questions, doubts, certainties, and experiences, and they can know that where even two gather, God is in their midst.
We are a community of care and support. We believe in the holiness of all of creation, the grace by which God meets us, and the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. Through relationships with people in this church community, neighborhood, and world we seek to be vessels of the peace and justice that mark the ministry of Jesus Christ.
We encourage you to join us for worship or to stop by and visit our congregation. This is most certainly an exciting place to experience the work of God!