Meet the Pastor
Welcome Pastor Susan Dollinger!
Pastor Susan has been the intern and then the associate pastor at the Zion Lutheran church in Camas these past two years. As the senior pastor retired, she has led the church through the entire pandemic! What an “about face” for a brand-new pastor! She comes to us then with two years of experience and new skills with technology, etc. –just like what we have been through!
Pastor has two daughters and one son; two of which are in college (Belle and Jayden) and Shaylin, a sophomore at Columbia River High School in Vancouver who plays soccer. They have been to our soccer fields many times, and she is perfectly comfortable with the Vancouver commute. Pastor’s husband is Patrick Murphy, an associate music professor at the University of Portland as Director of Bands and director of the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony. The couple met in Pullman in the marching band—during those years that included the Apple Cup’s great snowstorm when the Cougars won! Pastor is an artist and a very friendly creative person with a warm heart that the love of the Lord shines through.
Thank you for calling me as your pastor! I am excited to meet you all in February. I look forward to growing and serving together through our faith in Jesus Christ. I offer a prayer for us all to pray as we transition into this new time together:
Holy and Gracious God,
We give you thanks for this day. We ask for smooth transitions for this community, for open hearts, warm welcomes, joy, and peace. Help us grow and serve together through grace and mercy and love. Amen.
Please also warmly welcome my dear friend, Pastor Tom Tweed, as he serves at Bethany in the in between time. See you soon.
If you have a Pastoral Care emergency, please contact Barb Clausen at (206) 669-2014 and she will work with the Synod to ensure your needs are met.
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