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The Rev. Lori Eickmann, Interim Pastor

Greetings to all at Christ Lutheran Church!

Allow me to introduce myself as we begin this transitional time together. I’m Lori Eickmann, and I’ve been an intentional interim pastor for about 10 years.

My search for the feminine face of God unexpectedly led me to quit my journalism career and go to seminary. I had been a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years and never imagined leaving journalism. I never dreamed of ordained ministry. And I’d never even heard of “intentional interim ministry.”

If you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans for the future!

It took me eight challenging, inspiring and rewarding years to complete the four-year Master of Divinity degree program at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. My extended stay was due to a health issue and the fact that my children were in grade school at the time. I graduated in 2005, and a year later the bishop asked me to serve a congregation whose interim pastor took a new position while they were interviewing their pastoral candidates. That wonderful experience led me to take the intentional interim training. Although it is unusual to be ordained into a specialize ministry — usually a pastor must serve three years in a settled call before moving to specialized ministry — the national council of bishops granted an exception and I was ordained into intentional interim ministry in 2010, shortly after starting at my third interim congregation.

Christ Lutheran in El Cerrito will be my eighth interim congregation. It is my privilege to serve congregations throughout the Bay Area, experiencing their gifts and challenges and helping them move from anxiety about the future to excitement for the future.

For surely I know the plans that I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jer. 29:11, addressing the exiles in Babylon).

The future is always in God’s hands — and God is good!

My husband, Steve Wright, is also a former journalist, now retired. He serves as chair of our Sierra Pacific Synod candidacy committee. We live in Dublin, where we raised our children, Dylan and Cierra. Dylan, 28, joined the Army right out of high school and served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He now is studying linguistics at the University of Maryland. Cierra, 26, is a procurement specialist for Aramark. She is an avid Raiders fan reveling in a winning season.

I enjoy movies, historical novels, good food, meditation, tai chi, traveling, walking and spending time with family and friends.

So that’s me on one, single-spaced page. I look forward to hearing your stories soon. May God bless each one of you and all our time together.

Peace and joy,

Rev. Lori Eickmann
Intentional Interim Ministry
Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA

Pastor Eickmann’s e-mail: pastorlori@me.com


Melissa Vainio, Bell Choir Director

Melissa has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, and a Masters degree in Music (horn performance) from Sibelius Academy in Finland. She is a member of Sonos Handbell Ensemble, an amateur mosaic artist, and is working toward a black belt in karate.

God calls us to live and share the amazing love and grace of Jesus Christ with all people.

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