Rev. Amanda Nelson
- Potland, ME
Executive Director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries
What brings you joy in your ministry?
I love the relationships we are privileged to build with people in our communities! It's amazing what can be accomplished in a community - there really is no challenge too great or concern too small! I continually find myself overwhelmed by the love, compassion, care, and concern that are often showed to one another when we find ourselves bonded to one another - whether that be bonded by a cause, or, in the case of ministry, bonded by our calling as beloved children of God.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
I am inspired by people who ask good questions and are willing to sit with difficult answers. I am inspired by people who challenge themselves to experience new things and look for God in marginal places. I'm inspired by the wisdom of those who have come before and those who have a vision of God's Kin-dom into the future.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
I enjoy singing and listening to live music. I like walking and running and getting out into nature. I like the company of good friends and family - especially those who make me laugh!
Best meal you've ever eaten?
I have a hard time answering this question because there have been so many! The best meals I've ever had are the ones shared with family and friends.
I grew up in southeastern Massachusetts, in between Boston and Providence, RI and am a true New England girl at heart. I attended the Lutheran church my great-grandparents helped to form and received much of my faith formation there. I attended Wheaton College in Norton, MA and majored in International Relations and German Studies. After college, I worked at a Domestic and Sexual Violence agency before following my call to the ministry of word and sacrament and attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. In April 2015, I was called to be the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church and the community of East Hartford, Connecticut; and, in 2017 I was called to serve as the Executive Director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.
Did you always want to be clergy?
I have a vivid memory from when I was young of being at my grandparents house and going into their breadbox, taking an English muffin, and giving communion to everyone in my family while they sat chatting in the living room. So, perhaps the Spirit and I have been dancing together for longer than I realize!