Through the designated funds of Portico Grants, the Bishop has contracted for the next six months at 15 hours a month with Pastor Pauline Farrington. Pastor Farrington will serve as the Pastoral Care Coordinator. In this role, she will work with the Bishop and Synod Staff in helping to offer pastoral care to our rostered ministers and retired rostered ministers. She will also work with the Bishop on a COVID-19 Respite Care plan for our rostered ministers. We give thanks for Pastor Farrington’s willingness to engage this important ministry and welcome her warmly. Pastor Farrington may be reached by cell or e-mail: 770-265-2241, email@example.com.
Pastor Pauline Farrington, an honors graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary class of 2009, was ordained to a second-half-of-life vocation. Having served with congregations in Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee, Pauline is currently on leave from call and a student in the 2022 Cohort of the Living School with the Center for Action and Contemplation.
Besides being empathic and deeply prayerful by nature, Pauline is distinctively gifted for pastoral care ministry, because she has known heavy, personal heartbreak and suffering. Soon after entering the process of candidacy for Ordained Ministry, her daughter, Claudia, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Claudia bravely faced that terrible disease and its even worse treatments for six months before she died at eighteen years of age. Pauline’s pastoral formation took place within this journey alongside Claudia and amid profound grief following her death. Her faith, worldview, and life-perspective were shaped by these parallel experiences. She feels privileged to offer hope and model how to integrate faith and pain in times of grief as she points others to the promises of Christ's healing embrace and restoration of joy in living.
Pauline served the Southeastern Synod for twelve years with the Synod Worship Team and has done extensive writing of liturgical prayers and prayers of intercession for Synod worship.