Welcome, Reverend Rosa Erickson!
The vestries of St. Luke's, Lincolnton, and Epiphany, Newton voted to call the Rev. Rosa Erickson to serve their churches, which are partnered in order to share a rector (or, in this case, a pastor). The Rev. Erickson is a "rostered pastor" (the equivalent of being an ordained priest) in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The Episcopal Church is in full communion with the ELCA, making such an exchange of clergy possible. The Rev. Erickson's title will be "Pastor-in-Charge." She will have all the duties and responsibilities of a rector. Her letter of agreement is from year to year. The Rev. Jim Pritchett, Canon to the Ordinary, said, "This is the third time our diocese has benefited from the Episcopal Church being in full communion with another denomination. The Rev. Delmer Chilton, an ELCA pastor, is in charge of Messiah, Murphy, and the Rev. Carl Southerland, a pastor in the Moravian Church, is in charge of St. John's, Cartoogechaye. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve with our brothers and sisters from denominations with which we are in communion, and we welcome Rosa to the diocese."
The Rev. Erickson is moving into the rectory in Lincolnton and will begin her duties on August 18. Here is a little about her:
"When Bishop Leonard Bolick of the North Carolina Lutheran Synod came to my home church in Murfreesboro, TN to ordain me in October 2004, he told the congregation, "Thank you for sending us a missionary." Today it feels like I'm being sent again-a Lutheran missionary to the Episcopalians. I'm looking forward to learning what it means to be a part of this church as I serve the congregations of Epiphany, Newton and St. Luke's, Lincolnton. I've already discovered that Episcopalians excel at serving with joy!
"I am the proud mother of three adult sons (David, Daniel, and Joseph) and grandmother to Anika, Josiah, and Willa. I am also the pet human of four cats. I enjoy gardening and cooking, walking, and playing the guitar.
"I received my M.Div. from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, in 2002. I moved to North Carolina in 2003 to begin my internship at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Monroe. My first call was Shiloh Lutheran Church in the Bethlehem community of NC, where I was the pastor for six years. Most recently I have been serving as interim pastor of Ebenezer Lutheran in Catawba."
To share the love of Christ with all people through prayer, worship and Bible study; by caring for those among us and by serving the wider community.
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is in Partnership with
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Lincolnton, NC. More information from the Episcopal Highland, the quarterly publication of the Diocese of Western North Carolina
Partnership Vision Statement
Two Episcopal churches, one partnership in Christ, exploring new pathways to serve all God's people.
Note new service time:
Please join us for our 11:30 a.m. Eucharist each Sunday! (Coffee is served at 10:30 a.m. before the service.)