Rev. Robin Fero
- Harrisburg, PA
I completed my academic work at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and am doing a final year internship at St Peter's Lutheran in Middletown, PA.
What brings you joy in your ministry?
I get joy out of serving Christ in my everyday life as much as in the congregational setting. I love those moments when the Holy Spirit gets sneaky and puts me in the company of someone who needs a sacramental touch, or when the Spirit puts someone in my company when I need the same.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
Seminary-- Dr Mark Vitalis Hoffman, our NT professor. He is a professor with a pastor's heart.
Synod--Rev Sadie Pounder, a pastor who became a chaplain at the state prison and worked very hard to introduce the synod to prison ministry. In her final days, as she was battling cancer, she was an inspiration to us all, including the inmates at the state prison. She was a true servant, receiving pastoral care from the inmates.
Church--my home congregation's associate pastor, Rev Nancy Easton. I want to be a pastor just like her.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
I love to experience nature through hiking and biking. Traveling to new places and observing the culture is right up there on the list!
Best meal you've ever eaten?
fond memories of my mother's Sunday roast beef dinners...
I grew up near Corning, NY, and attended a Baptist church and school. My undergraduate work in Psychology was done at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. So, whenever baptism is remembered at church or when I get close to a font I feel a rush of water come over me.
I was unchurched for 10 years upon graduation from college, came back to church at a local Metropolitan Community Church in Harrisburg, Pa, and eventually found my way to a Lutheran church. I live in Harrisburg, Pa with my husband Jeff and our 3 cats.
My 25 year career was in retail, both in store management and in merchandising planning in the corporate office.
Did you always want to be clergy?
Yes! My older brother also wanted to be a pastor and became a Baptist preacher. I went with him one Sunday to a supply preaching opportunity he had while he was a college student. I played the piano and he preached. We joked about him being Billy Graham and me being Billy's music man.
I always wanted to preach, but knew deep in my heart that I couldn't become a pastor because I believed my sexuality was a sin. I just couldn't be true to that calling, at the time.