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Vicar Lois Graper

75%-time Lay Pastoral Leader

Lois has been a lifetime member at Peace Lutheran Church in Tilleda. She has a husband, 2 daughters, and 2 grandsons. She lives in rural Pella. She was a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal System and retired from those duties in 2013.

Lois has been accepted into the TEEM program (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries). This is a program offered through Wartburg Seminary that is designed to provide alternative preparation for those who will provide pastoral ministry in emerging ministry contexts throughout the church. These contexts include ethnic specific, multicultural, rural, inner city, and ministry with deaf communities.  Candidates for the TEEM program are nominated by their synods and approved by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Normally TEEM candidates are age 40 or older. Each candidate works with a Capacities Assessment Panel (CAP) to design a program of study to complete all of the TEEM educational requirements. The parish advisory council has voted to support Lois in this educational opportunity, and looks forward to her becoming ordained at the end of the program. In December, 2014, Bishop Gerald Mansholt of the East Central Synod of the ELCA authorized Lois to preach and preside at Holy Communion and serve as Lay Pastoral Leader for The United Lutheran Parish.

Jim Hartleben     Lay Minister