Messiah Lutheran Welcoming New Pastor

Messiah Lutheran, Twin Lakes welcoming new pastor

New Messiah Lutheran Church Pastor Kathy Brown. /Karen Mahoney photo
The nudging within her soul began when she was a high school student in Jefferson, but back in the late 1970’s, it wasn’t commonplace for a woman to attend seminary. Instead, she tucked her thoughts of becoming a pastor into the back of her mind and graduated UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Reverend Kathy Brown married and worked for Ladish Malting Company (now owned by Cargill, Inc) for 20years.

“My late husband was supportive of my dreams, but he had a number of health issues and I needed to keep working,” she said. “So I took another avenue for a while.”

Widowed in 2001, Brown began seminary in 2002, graduating with a Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque in 2006. After graduating, she married her husband Greg, and served for four years as Pastor for Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine.

On Sunday, September 12, Brown, a resident of Caledonia, will be installed as the new pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes during the 9 a.m. Worship Service, followed by a potluck lunch. The 51-year-old pastor is looking forward to leading the friendly and caring community.

“We have a small congregation of about 50-150 attending each week,” she said, “But they are such a giving congregation and they enjoy reaching out to those outside the four walls of the church.”
While she especially enjoys preaching and leading worship and Bible study, she also has a passion for helping families affected by special needs.

“My husband works with people affected with Autism and it is important to me to reach out to those who deal with not only Autism, but any special needs,” she said. “This is one reason we are planning a healing service in October to pray for and welcome those in need of healing and especially families affected by special needs of children.”

When she isn’t busy serving the needs of her congregation, Brown enjoys needlework, crocheting, gardening, scuba diving, and watching movies, playing trivia, cooking, and traveling with Greg.
Sunday worship times at Messiah Lutheran Church, 8720 368th Street, 877-2728, are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with education for all ages between the services.

“We welcome people to come and be a part of what is going on at Messiah and join us for worship and meet community here,” said Brown.

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