The Rev. Dr. Christa M. Compton will be installed as the Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church by The Rev. Tracie L. Bartholomew, Bishop, NJ Synod, ELCA.

 The service of installation will be on Sunday October 13, 2013 at 3:00pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Road, Chatham, NJ 07928, and the public is invited to attend.

 Dr. Compton is a lifelong Lutheran who grew up in Lexington, South Carolina.  After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and a Masters in Teaching, she spent the first decade of her professional life as a high school English teacher in Columbia, S.C.  Dr. Compton then moved to California to pursue a PhD in the Stanford School of Education.  While there she worked with the Stanford Teacher Education Program and enjoyed serving as a supervisor and course instructor for people entering the teaching profession.

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 Over time, however, the call to ordained ministry grew stronger, and in the fall of 2009 she entered Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary to begin the preparation process to become a Lutheran pastor.  Her seminary years were filled with many rich ministry experiences, including an internship year at Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista, AZ.  She graduated from the seminary this May with her Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree.  Pastor Compton says, “I am thrilled to be serving here at Gloria Dei and look forward to working with colleagues and community members to share God's amazing grace."

 For more information, please call the church office at: 973-635-5889.