New pastoral residency adminstrator to begin work
A woman who has dedicated her life to serving others as a health professional and community volunteer will be St. Paul’s next pastoral residency administrator.
Beth Laureijs of Bettendorf will begin her work in October. She will oversee all administrative aspects of the pastoral residency program at St. Paul, foster a rich learning experience for participants, and provide leadership that continues to inspire the congregation to be a training center for ministry. Additionally, Beth will contribute time, energy, and leadership to the pastoral care team, health and wellness ministries, and other hospitality and congregational endeavors.
A native of Nova Scotia, Beth has previously worked at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore Health & Home and Junior Achievement of the Heartland. She is a registered nurse, and worked in the medical field in Canada. She and her husband, Peter, have three grown children.
St. Paul’s pastoral residency is a two-year program for first-call pastors, funded by a Lilly Endowment grant. The current pastors, Kelsey Fitting-Snyder and Josh Kestner, are entering their second year. Recruitment for the next cohort begins this fall.