(March 4, 2014) Gettysburg Seminary is pleased to announce that Ms. Lauren Muratore has accepted the position of Director of Admissions and Assistant Dean of the Chapel/Coordinator of Spiritual Formation. Muratore, who will graduate from the Seminary with the Master of Divinity degree in May, will begin serving in June 2014. She will be ordained a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) by Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane of the ELCA’s Delaware-Maryland Synod later this spring. While the ELCA normally requires that a new minister’s first call be in a parish, the responsibilities of her office, which include preaching, presiding at worship and offering spiritual and pastoral guidance to prospective students and enrolled seminarians, qualifies her for ordination.
Muratore, a graduate of West Chester University with a major in psychology, has extensive experience in leadership development and service learning programs. Originally from Towson, Maryland, she found community in the Lutheran church as a youth, and was confirmed at Ascension Lutheran Church. While a seminarian, she was a student leader in the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries Project Connect program, which focuses on encouraging young persons to consider seminary and public ministry as they make vocational choices. In 2012-13 she served her year-long seminary internship in a large congregation, First Lutheran Church of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Speaking of Muratore’s selection for the position, Gettysburg’s Dean of the Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Robin Steinke, said “The soon to be Rev. Muratore brings an engaging creative energy to help us reimagine the work of inviting persons to discern the tug of God’s Spirit in their life. She has led Gettysburg Community events around peace and justice issues, brings enormous competence in helping the church think imaginatively on how to reach the “spiritual but not religious” and invite them into a journey of discernment.
“To join in this work at Gettysburg Seminary is a privilege ̶ one that I get to live into with a deep sense of call and joy,” said Muratore upon her acceptance of the call. “It’s an exciting time to be entering into this work, as theological education, the needs for leadership across the church, and the broader culture are all evolving,” she continued. “As the church continues to engage the activity of the Spirit ̶ who is alive, well, and at work- I am delighted to be called to walk with others in their vocational discernment, and to engage in abiding relationship with and among the seminary community here.”
Seminary President Michael Cooper-White also voiced his excitement at Muratore’s appointment: “Colleges and universities have long recognized that no one better represents an institution to prospective students than a person who has just concluded her/his studies and formation in that place. Lauren Muratore has just ‘walked the walk’ as an exemplary seminarian, and we are confident her enthusiasm and infectious sense of vocation will inspire others to follow in her stead and prepare for public ministry here at Gettysburg.”