calendar July 2, 2024 in News

Paula Estornell as Program Director of the Love Revolution. 

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Estornell as Program Director of the Love Revolution.

One of four siblings, Paula grew up in Delaware County. She trained as a Civil Engineer and received her PhD degree in collaborative decision-making with a focus in sustainable community development. She has worked in private industry, academia and government for 30 years. After joining the US Peace Corps as a young woman, she became fascinated with interfaith community building and was active in several churches in the Philadelphia region and with Interfaith Philadelphia. Most recently, she felt a call to combine her active church life with her vocation. She recently completed her seminary studies at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia in the hope of becoming a Deacon in the ELCA.

She is married with one daughter and has a cute Cockapoo named Skittles. Her family enjoys travel, entertaining friends and neighbors, nature, museums, music, art, and good jokes.

This position is funded through a grant from The Lilly Endowment, Inc., which awarded the synod $1.070.392 to establish the program “Love Revolution: Love God and Love Neighbor.”

This new initiative will help congregations evolve from an institutional church built on programs and resources into a missional church built on relationships and service.

Over five years the Love Revolution will work with a cohort of congregations and their lay leaders to deepen faith and discipleship and serve the needs of their neighborhood. As we imagine the church we are becoming post-pandemic, we will help congregations focus on this core teaching of Jesus: love God and love neighbor.

“We are blessed that Lilly Endowment Inc., has entrusted us through this grant to support Love Revolution,” said Bishop Patricia A. Davenport.

“We trust and pray that this might be a model that causes a ripple effect of God’s love across the nation.”

“I hope that the Love Revolution will be a game changer for congregations as we help them focus on the critical work of congregational vitality,” said The Rev. Bryan Penman, Co-Director of Evangelical Mission and Bishop-elect of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.

We are thrilled to welcome Paula to the Love Revolution and SEPA Synod Team. To send greetings to her, email .