While welcoming the new year, Kingwood’s Holy Comforter Lutheran Church also extended a welcome to ELCA Pastor Amy Oehlschlaeger, who began a three-year term as the Associate Pastor of Faith Development and Service in January.

On recommendation of the Call Committee, the congregation extended an enthusiastic greeting to new Associate Pastor Oehlschlaeger, whose job description was created from congregational surveys as one who is dedicated to making disciples and helping them Go Deeper with Christ by leading, and mentoring them in the process of Discovering their Faith, Growing in Community and Living God's Mission.

The objective of the position: To provide the vision and leadership necessary to create and sustain an exemplary program for faith development of both youth and adults within Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, as well as those in the community who are "not here yet," and to create, plan and organize opportunities for service to the community and the world.

Oehlschlaeger was ordained in 1996, and is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. Initially she was called to serve as the pastor of three Lutheran congregations in southwestern Virginia, where she remained for three years. She then served as pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Vinton, Va., for six years, followed by a year and a half working for Lutheran Volunteer Corps at Lutheran World Relief as an advocacy outreach associate and short-term recruiter.

Oehlschlaeger also served as interim campus pastor at the University of Cincinnati and as university pastor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, for a combined six and a half years.

Oehlschlaeger impressed the Call Committee as someone who "gets" Holy Comforter's “Discover, Grow, Live” vision, and that she firmly believes "All are called."

Based on her previous experience in parish ministry with Lutheran World Relief and in campus ministry, along with her appreciation for continual learning and discovery, the Call Committee sees “Pastor Amy” as, “Uniquely qualified to lead our existing efforts as well as offer new ideas.”

"I am committed to engaging all people of all ages in discipleship, so that together we can deepen our relationships with God, with one another, and with our neighbors – locally and globally," said Oehlschlaeger.

Holy Comforter Lutheran Church is located at 1901 Woodland Hills Drive in Kingwood. For more information, call 281- 358-6500 or visit GoDeeperWithChrist.org.

Cutline – ELCA Pastor Amy Oehlschlaeger, new Associate Pastor at Holy Comforter Lutheran Church in Kingwood.