calendar November 13, 2009 in Congregations, News

Bishop’s assistant accepts congregational call

The Rev. Serena S. Sellers, assistant to the bishop for connections and resources, has accepted a call as pastor of Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church in Perkasie, effective December 1.

After explaining her desire to be more present with her teenage daughters, and her deep sense of call, Pastor Sellers expressed her appreciation for the chapter of ministry that she is concluding. “I have grown and found significant opportunities for fulfillment in my service on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod staff,” Pastor Sellers wrote in a letter to congregations in her primary conferences. “I am deeply grateful to Bishop Burkat for entrusting me with the role I have served on her staff. I appreciate the fine working relationships and sense of teamwork I have shared with others in the synod office. It has been a privilege to work with the deans and pastoral staff as we have lived into a new model of shared ministry.”

“Serena brought many gifts, including a deep spirituality, a strong sense of collegiality, a passion for justice, and a contagious love for the proclamation of the Gospel to her work inventing the new position of assistant to the bishop for connections and resources,” Bishop Burkat said. “We will miss her pastoral presence, and I am glad that she will continue to serve in our synod. I look forward to continuing our shared ministry with the benefit of her enthusiasm and wisdom.”

Pastor Sellers’ duties relating to the Delaware, Lower Bucks and Upper Bucks conferences will be filled by the conference deans, supported by other synodical staff, when she leaves the staff Nov. 30. In recognition of the financial pressures on the synodical budget, the position will remain vacant for several months, according to Bishop Claire Burkat.

Pastor Sellers served as an interim assistant to the bishop when she was asked to join the permanent staff by Bishop Burkat after her election in 2006. Prior to this, Pastor Sellers served as dean for interim ministries and was interim pastor at a number of congregations across the synod.

Pastor Sellers and her husband, the Rev. Ray Miller, pastor of St. John, Quakertown, live in Quakertown and will enjoy more evening dinners with their teenage daughters.