Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ! It's hard to believe the time has finally arrived for me to begin my new call with you at Siloa and Salem Lutheran Churches. While on internship at Long Lake, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with folks from the congregations, and it feels like the Spirit is leading me full circle back to northern Isanti County. This new chapter in our ministry together will be a fun adventure, hopefully, filled with imagination, innovation, and fellowship. Not only will we encounter the joy of getting to know one another, but we also will have the joy of discerning how the two congregations can do church together again and support one another in separate ministry sites.
This is only my second call, so I will admit right away that I don't have all the answers to all the questions you may have for your new pastor, but I do hope we can work together to find solutions along the way. You'll cone to find that I won't pretend to know things I don't, and I try to live my life as authentically and humbly as possible. I have a passion for worship as well as pastoral care. I simply love helping connect people to the Spirit's work in their lives to bring them closer to their Creator.
Just a reminder of a little bit about me: I grew up on a farm in Blue Earth, MN with my parents and younger sister. I moved to Forest City, IA to attend Waldorf College, and worked in the Admissions Office as my first job after graduation. It was there where I first felt the call to ministry, and in the fall of 2013 started my seminary journey at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Shortly after moving to the cities, I met my now husband, Nick, and my now step-daughter, Jazmyn (Jaz). I spent two academic years serving the folks at Long Lake Lutheran in Isanti, where I became more comfortable with the Isanti County area.
We currently live in North Branch along with Jaz's brother, Darion who came to live with us last year, as well as our dog, Cain, and two cats, Kuro and Athena. My hobbies/interests outside of ministry include: bowling, watching movies/documentaries, reading, crocheting, playing board/card games, and watching sports (including playing Fantasy Football with Nick!).
I can't wait to get to know you all more as the days, weeks, and months progress. And as a gentle reminder--I can't read minds! So if you want to talk, or want to schedule a coffee/lunch meeting, or want a home visit, let me know! (Again, I can't know what I don't know!)
Blessings on our journey together, doing God's work in the world!
Pastor Mary Fiel