St. Mark's Lutheran church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Sierra Pacific Synod. We became a Reconciling in Christ Congregation on January 19, 2020 when we voted to adopt this Welcoming Statement.
... is to nurture discipleship, communicate the Gospel and serve the community.
... is to transform each church member into a Christ-led disciple, nurtured and equipped by God's word to then reflect God's love to the community.
... that God is the Creator of our World and of all that exists in it.
... that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man; that by His suffering, death and resurrection we are saved from our sins.
... that the Holy Spirit calls us by the Gospel and keeps us in the faith.
... that our response to this great gift of Jesus Christ should be one of praise and thanksgiving evidenced by our worship as a community of believers and our expression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His love in our everyday lives.
PASTOR KAREN STETINS
With joy and thanksgiving, Pastor Karen answered God's call to serve the people of St. Mark's in August of 2018. She is originally from the Chicago area, and most recently served two congregations in Paulding County, Ohio for eight years.
Pastor Karen has two adult sons: Adam, who lives in San Francisco; and Ryan, who lives in Napa with his wife, Kelly and son, Lincoln.
"PK" -- as she is known to many -- received her Masters of Divinity in 2010 from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She served her year of internship in West Point, Nebraska, a rural town north of Omaha. Before attending seminary, PK served the wider church as the assistant to the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA in Chicago, Ridge Lutheran Church in Chicago, and as an American Sign Language interpreter.
Pastor Karen enjoys crafts and "brain" games, spending time with family and friends (especially her new grandson!) Her passions include serving all God's people in need and lifting up the lay members of the congregation and encouraging them to use their God-given gifts for the sake of the world.