Ceremony welcomes new pastor to ministry and to local church

-Messenger photo by Anne Blankenship
Area clergy taking part in the ordination of Gina Sterk, front row center, included, from the left, the Rev. Carroll Lang, the Rev. Mike Kroona of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sterk and Bishop Roger Prois; back row, the Rev. Jim McColley, the Rev. Jeff Ungs, the Rev. Matthew Manz, Jim Mossman and the Rev. Craig Blaufuss.

WEBSTER CITY — It was a special day at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City on March 10. Not only did the congregation welcome a new associate pastor, but also had the opportunity to witness her ordination.

The Rev. Gina Sterk will serve Trinity in addition to South Enes Lutheran Church in Vincent and a satellite church, New Hope in Eagle Grove.

Sterk is originally from Duluth, Minnesota. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids and McCormick Seminary in Chicago. Many members of her family were on hand for Sunday’s ceremony.

“This has been a really special day for me and I feel so overwhelmingly welcomed and loved,” Sterk said.

She added that it was especially meaningful to have the ordination at the church she will be serving, with so many clergy from the area and synod able to attend, including Bishop Roger Prois, who led the service.

-Messenger photo by Anne Blankenship
The Rev. Gina Sterk, the new associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City, greets congregation members Sunday afternoon, following her ordination ceremony at the church.

Sterk said she moved to Webster City and looks forward to getting acquainted with the community and area residents.

The Rev. Mike Kroona, senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, said the ordination was the first one held in the Webster City church since the 1960s.

“We’re pleased to welcome her to the congregation and to the ministry,” Kroona said.


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