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Rev. Jen Rude

  • Tacoma, WA
  • she/her/hers

Ministry setting

University Pastor at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA.

What brings you joy in your ministry?

I find joy watching people come alive in sharing their gifts. I love meeting different kinds of people and always being surprised. I am honored when I can walk with someone for part of their path.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

People in the Proclaim community (and historic ELM roster) inspire me tons! It wasn't until I encountered people from this community that I even thought rostered ministry might be an option for me. I am inspired by all the trailblazers and all people who continue to welcome in the kin-dom of God. And mostly, I am inspired by the Spirit of God that keeps on moving!

What are your interests outside of ministry?

I like to learn new things and take classes for fun. I also love to cook vegetarian food - and to share it with friends. I do love a good dinner party. And I like fancy brunch and catching up over good food with friends who are family. I love nature and being outside. I also love crafty things - sewing, making cards, brewing kombucha, making tinctures, and tending to my composting worms. Oh, and.... vacation!

Best meal you've ever eaten?

Grilled vegetables and apple-sage veggie sausages over a campfire. With s'mores with dark chocolate for dessert!

Brief bio

I attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. Received a BA in Religion with Gender Studies and Psychology minors. Went to seminary at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA (while doing my "Lutheran stuff" at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary). I was extraordinarily ordained in 2007 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Chicago. I served for 8 years at The Night Ministry in Chicago - working with young people experiencing homelessness and LGBTQ youth. From 2013-2016 I served as program director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.

I have lived in Minnesota, New York, Colorado, South Dakota, California and Illinois with a summer in Kansas and a summer in Guatemala.

Did you always want to be clergy?

Well, when I was a kid I wanted to be the first woman President of the United States or an Olympic gymnast.

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