Posted September 12, 2023

The Reverend Lauren Bosserman officially began her call as pastor to Westminster United Church in Evans City on April 1 of this year. She led worship the next Sunday on Easter. Just a month earlier on March 19, she was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament back in her hometown. She married her husband, Dylan, a week later and he moved with her to Evans City. “He’s a gem!” Lauren says of Dylan’s support of her ministry.

Lauren grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her two older sisters and one older brother. She attended the Presbyterian church where her father served as pastor and her mother served as the children’s program director and praise band leader. Always very involved in the life of the church, her interest in church history and theology grew while attending college. She graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Religious Studies.

After graduation and not sure what she wanted to do with her degree, Lauren volunteered with AmeriCorp and then worked at a Faith and Spirituality Center as the Assistant Director—both in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She soon missed the classroom, however, and realized that her faith needed to be the center of her life. She wanted to help others make that happen, too.

“Seminary was the natural next step,” Lauren says, “and provided me with the tools and learning to jump into the role of “pastor” at Westminster.” While at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, she was an intern at a Presbyterian church helping with worship and online services. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education as a hospital chaplain. Lauren received her Masters of Divinity on May 28, 2022.

Lauren is getting acclimated to the hills of Western Pennsylvania after the very flat Upper Peninsula. She loves how green it is and appreciates the balance of both rural and urban areas. She feels comfortable here as the people remind her of home. Lauren quips, “I’m still getting used to fries on my salad!”

Lauren will be installed at Westminster Church on Sunday, September 17. We welcome her to Beaver-Butler Presbytery and pray for God’s blessings on her ministry.