Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Lauren moved to Louisville, KY with her husband Tyler and their three children after hopping around the country for school and adventure. Lauren has served as the pastor of Lynnhurst since January 2014. She loves pastor-ing for lots of reasons, but mostly because she gets to ask tough questions for a living. Lauren wonders how contemporary pop-culture memes influence Jesus' iconic teachings about feeding the poor and putting away the sword. She wonders how finding and celebrating beauty in the midst of personal pain or systemic brokenness points to healing and celebration. How does our faith affect our politic and shape our community engagement? How can we learn from other religious expressions? How does authentically welcoming those whose needs and beliefs differ from our own expand notions of God's radical and hospitable love? Church is an intriguing place to experience possible outcomes to questions like this, so Lauren believes in church renewal. Another amazing part of Lauren's job is the privilege of simply being with people in the midst of trauma or grief or joy. Connecting with others in a faith context while seeking to share God's compassion and peace transforms us all.
Lauren's education includes Samford University, Yale Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, and New York Theological Seminary. Her past employers include The Riverside Church in the City of New York and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She geeks out on non-fiction works that highlight liberation of oppressed peoples as well as her subscription to Mac World. So her sermons promote our collective vision and inspiration for the radical change that the world craves and Jesus preached. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Uspiritus, Planned Parenthood of Indiana-Northern Kentucky, and is an active member of the South Louisville Community Council.
It was clear growing up that I LOVED math--Numbers make soooooo much sense!! After I graduated from the Speed Scientific School at the University of Louisville with my Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering, I put my love of numbers to work managing productivity in a healthcare system. At some point though, my love of being with people and God began to outweigh my love of numbers.
I answered a call to ordained ministry by attending Lancaster Theological Seminary before serving Clague Road United Church of Christ in North Olmsted, OH as an ordained UCC pastor. Now that I am back at Lynnhurst, my childhood church, I serve as the Pastoral Care Assistant, and I also preach at various churches in the area when their pastors are on vacation. What couId be better than helping people realize what it means to be a child of God? Absolutely nothing! I love it...Oh and I love to wear polka dotted socks while mothering my three fabulous kids alongside my loving husband. And wearing sassy red glasses helps me see the world as joy-filled and vibrant.
Dawn joined Lynnhurst Church when she was five years old! She cannot remember a time when she was not playing handbells, singing in the choirs, leading children's church or conducting. Whether she plays as substitute organist or leads as full-time choir director the fact remains: Music is Dawn's life. Trained in music education, she has also taught elementary school music for 27 years. Her husband John and two sons also share her passion. At home on their farm, they also care for many animals, including their miniature horse, "Crackerjack," who dresses up like a donkey for our Palm Sunday Peace Parade every year! When Dawn isn't feeding animals or counting time signatures, you may see her riding her 2009 Can-Am Spyder motorcylce.
When Ken first began playing church piano and organ at the early age of twelve, it comes as no surprise today that he has lived and worked in the field of music throughout his life. Officially retired now, after serving at his most recent post for twenty-seven years at Jeffersontown United Methodist Church as organist and choir director, Ken enjoys that his music carried him beyond Louisville's Gene Snyder Freeway to places as far off as Honolulu, Hawaii. His work at Lynnhurst was volunteer (that's how much he loves sharing his gift) until recently when he and Bonny began job-sharing the organ bench. When not filling the world with beautiful music, Ken spends time with his seven grandchildren, three children, and wife of fifty-four years! Ken prefers bare feet over any shoe.