Meet Pastor Kristine Dohrmann
Editor’s note: Pastor Kristine Dohrman began her work as St. Paul’s visitation pastor earlier this year. She connects with St. Paul people who live in a variety of senior centers or who are isolated at home.
Tell us about your family.
My husband, Jon and I have been married for over 30 years. We have three children. Liz and her boyfriend, Spencer live in Denver. Matt and Mary will be married this month and live in Davenport. Our youngest, Nick lives in Ottumwa. We also have a oneyear-old Golden Retriever, Ripley. Jon works for John Deere as internal audit manager. After being gone from the Quad Cities for 15 years, we’re glad to be back close to our extended family. Jon’s parents live in Davenport and my parents live in New Windsor, Illinois. As a family we enjoy attending Iowa State home football games, relaxing in our swimming pool, and vacationing together. We also like playing cards, bowling, hiking, biking, golfing, and visiting craft breweries.
How did you become a pastor?
Being a pastor is a second vocation for me. After working in the business world, I spent two years working at our home church, Grace Lutheran, Davenport, as director of volunteer and small group ministry. One day my pastor said, “I believe you’re being called into ministry.” This was just before our family moved to the Raleigh, North Carolina, area. I originally understood the call to public ministry as a lay professional, an Associate in Ministry (AIM), now Deacon. I atVISITATION PASTOR: Kristine Dohrmann Pastor Kristine began work as St. Paul’s visitation pastor in February tended Campbell University Divinity School (CUDS) in Buies Creek, North Carolina, which was near our home. I received a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree and was approved as an AIM in 2008.
While waiting for a call to serve, I discerned I wasn’t finished preparing for ministry and was being called to ordained ministry as a pastor. That meant more school, so I attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, for a year to fulfill my Lutheran requirement. I served as a chaplain intern at WakeMed hospital, Raleigh and returned to CUDS, where I completed my Master of Divinity degree in December 2010. Just as I finished my degree, we moved back to Iowa, this time to the Des Moines area. I completed my pastoral internship at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ankeny.
I was ordained in 2013 and served as pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Knoxville, Iowa. In 2017, I was pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Davenport. After serving as interim pastor in the Northern Illinois Synod and doing pulpit supply, I was called this past fall to serve as half-time pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton, Iowa.
What intrigues you about St. Paul? What are you looking forward to?
St. Paul has a wonderful reputation in the Quad Cities for being a vibrant church, helping people grow and serve others as disciples of Jesus Christ. The visitation pastor position shows the commitment and care to all St. Paul disciples, even those who can no longer come and join others in worship as often as they would like. The part-time position at St. Paul fits nicely with my call to Zion and allows me to serve in full-time ministry again. I love to hear people’s stories — the stories of their childhood, families, vocation, and their stories of faith. Who taught you about Jesus? How did your community of faith nurture and support you through the highs and lows of life? What’s your favorite hymn? I also feel called to help people live a life of faith in their daily lives. How did you experience God’s grace today? Who’s our neighbor and how can they be encouraged?
The dean of my divinity school would call our special days of celebration, High and Holy Days. I am humbled and honored to serve the church as an ordained minister of word and sacrament. When I preside over communion, I consider it a High and Holy moment. Whether communion is being celebrated in the sanctuary, at a kitchen table or bedside, it’s a holy moment. In communion we are reminded of God’s promises through the crucified and risen Christ. In this mystery of faith, we are assured of God’s forgiveness and get to taste the goodness of God’s loving grace.