We are delighted to welcome The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland, (Assistant to the Presiding Bishop/Executive for Worship, ELCA) to preach Dec. 3.
Pastor Strickland began his call with the churchwide office in August, 2014. Pastor Strickland believes that worship is central to our mission. “Worship is at the heart of our mission as Christ church and provides an opportunity for us to be made whole and encounter the holy. Worship equips us to be disciples in this world, striving for justice and in doing so, we return often to the heart of our mission to be re-charged and fed.” Pastor Strickland was born and raised in Lexington, S.C. and is an honors graduate of Newberry College (Newberry, S.C.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in History. He also earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, S.C.). Pastor Strickland served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Maryville, Tenn. as well as at Incarnation Lutheran Church (Columbia, S.C.), St. Philip’s Lutheran Church (Newberry, S.C.), Lutheran Church of Redeemer (Newberry, S.C.) and Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church (West Columbia, S.C.) in the area of youth and family ministry. Just prior to his call to the churchwide organization, he served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Nashville, Tenn.
Pastor Strickland has served on various local non-profit boards and has a heart for justice and advocacy ministry. He has written for a number of publications and has spoken around the ELCA in the areas of worship and preaching. Presently, he serves on the Consultation for Common Text, Resource Management Team with Augsburg Fortress and other Churchwide committees.