Faith Lutheran Church welcomed the Rev. Jeanette Leisk as its new transitional pastor, beginning Sept. 1.
Leisk grew up in Pittsfield. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and had a primary care medical practice in Westborough. In 2003, she felt a call to full-time ordained ministry and attended United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Ordained in 2008, Leisk served as associate pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg and also as pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, until returning home to Massachusetts.
“I am particularly interested in bringing the church into the community and am looking forward to getting to know Andover and the surrounding towns,” said Leisk.
Leisk was hired following the recent retirement of former pastors Jon and Marsha Heydenreich. The Heydenreichs retired this past summer after over 25 years of dedicated service to the congregation.
Organized in 1963, Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The church is a community that supports local programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Lazarus House, and Bread & Roses. The church also engages in more distant outreach efforts including regular support for a “sister” Lutheran Church in Rwehanga, Zimbabwe. The church has a strong youth program with activities and service projects for third grade through high school.
The pandemic forced the closing of physical doors in March but the church has managed to remain active and vibrant virtually ever since. Weekly Sunday services are held via Zoom at 9:45 a.m.
For information, visit https://faith-andover.org.