Pastor Jamie Gallagher, Pastor for Trinity Lutheran Church
Greetings! My name is Pastor Jamie Gallagher. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself.
My wife, Pastor Katie, and I graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH) in 2002. We have served congregations in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. We have 3 children: Heide (12 in May), Nate (10 in April), and Trace (5 in April). We also have Alice, our 3 year old Black Lab who aside from being a great family dog serves an amazing role as a therapy dog for our son Nate.
My hobbies include model railroading, genealogy and following my favorite Chicago sports teams: the Blackhawks, the Bears and the Cubs. In the past we have owned horses, and while we do not right now, we are always up for a horseback riding adventure. We also enjoy camping, hiking and exploring new places.
My passions in ministry include youth and family ministry (particularly finding ways to help faith be 'caught' from generation to generation), writing skits for worship (particularly for junior high and high school youth), and listening to where God is pointing us to serve those in need, both near and far.
Over the coming months, you will learn more about me as I visit with you, worship with you, and grow in faith with you. I will also be using this space in the monthly newsletter for brief Bible reflections relevant to our daily lives together.
As we begin our ministry together, I would like to share one of my favorite Bible verses.
Hebrews 11:1 (New Living Translation)
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
I have held this verse close at heart throughout my life. Faith is not something that can be proven by scientific method, it is not something that can be tested as true or false, faith is a gift from an unseen God made visible through a gathered community, an amazing creation, and the experience of grace and love. Faith does not mean all things will always be perfect in our life, or that we will always get what we want. Faith does mean we have a God who experiences our entire life with us, who strengthens us each day and renews us in baptismal promises. Without this gift from God, I am not sure how I would make it through life. I can only thank God that I do have faith, that this faith encourages me and enables me to face each day in confidence.
I look forward to growing more in my faith as I walk with you during this time.