Introduction to our Interim Pastor
Beginning September 1 our interim pastor will be Deacon Pamela Harrington.
Deacon Pamela Harrington is “an Ottawa Valley girl”, born and raised in Pembroke. Her father was a Smith from Lake Dore and her mother is a Buelow, raised in Purdy and Eganville, but now living at Lake Clear. Pam attended Laurentian Public School and Champlain High School before heading off to study journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. In her second year at Carleton, she met a deaconess who was working with L.A.M.P. - Lutheran Association of Missionaries & Pilots in northern Canada, and was so excited about the diaconal calling to Word and Service that she changed paths and moved to the United States to train as a deaconess at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There she studied theology and was formed in the diaconal community.
She was consecrated as a deaconess in 1981 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pembroke—her home congregation—and then accepted her first call to Ascension Lutheran Church in Edmonton, AB. She spent several years in the west (Edmonton, Wainwright, Calgary) and during that time she held jobs in community development and counselling, married her high school sweetheart, Mike Harrington, and had two children. The young family moved back to Ontario when Mike took a job with the Toronto Police Service. They lived in Etobicoke for four years until Mike switched employers and went to work for the Ontario Provincial Police, first on Manitoulin Island, and later at OPP Headquarters in Orillia.
The move to Orillia gave Pam the chance to get back into church work, and she served as the minister of the Orillia Mission for eight years, guiding it through a merger with a small Anglican congregation. Pam then served as deacon to St. David’s Anglican-Lutheran Church for eight years where she did volunteer coordination, adult education, worship leadership, and youth programming.
In 2006 Pam returned to seminary part-time to do graduate work and received her MA in Theology in 2012 from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (now Martin Luther University College), affiliated with Wilfrid Laurier University. She was in the first group of students graduating in the Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy program and won the Gold Medallion for top marks in her class. She is very proud of the outreach program she developed at St. David’s--a free counselling service on Saturdays, staffed by herself and volunteers from the congregation, and open to the whole community.
When Mike retired from the OPP in December 2017, Pam and Mike decided to return to the Ottawa Valley to care for their aging parents. Pam relocated her private practice from Orillia to Pembroke, and found a church home at St. Timothy’s, just a couple of blocks from their house. Pam and Mike have two grown children--a married daughter, Katie, who is an occupational therapist in Dawson Creek, BC, and a son, Dan, who lives in Pembroke. They have a beautiful grand-daughter, Isabelle (Izzy), and a doodle puppy named Ripley.
Pam is looking forward to serving as interim minister at Eganville, Augsburg, and Bonnechere starting in September.
If you need pastoral care after September 1 please contact Deacon Pamela.
She will also be in the office Wednesdays.
Another change will be that we will be having communion only once per month. Pastor Jim Goos will be our guest minister for those Sundays. September 16 will be a communion Sunday. Please check the calendar.