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Rev. Emmy Kegler

Ministry setting

Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis.

What brings you joy in your ministry?

The people I work with. My internship church, Light of the World, had at its center a desire to spark and maintain meaningful relationships among its people. There was so much joy in seeing *their* joy at coming together on Sunday mornings to be with people they love and care about.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

My biggest champions are a group of women I started seminary with. We've seen each other through breakups, engagements, marriages, new babies, and lots of moves. We've loved each other through great classes, awful classes, chaplaincy, internship, and all the way back to our senior year. We laugh, cry, and hold each other accountable for change in our lives that will make us more truly ourselves (and better pastors, too!). They keep me laughing and keep me sane. I have so much hope for the church (and the world) because of these amazing women who will be leading it!

What are your interests outside of ministry?

I love cooking for others, biking around the Twin Cities, and exploring the possibilities of social media as a space to cultivate friendships and growth.

Best meal you've ever eaten?

The answer to this will always be my mother's homemade red sauce. It begins with three pounds of grass-fed beef and three pounds of hand-stuffed sausage from Cosetta's Market. It is my soul food. I just learned how to make it a few years ago and even though it takes all day, it brings me so much joy.

Did you always want to be clergy?

My mom likes to say she knew when I was three. It took me another eleven years, but I've been on the path to ministry in one way or another since I was fourteen.

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