Erin serves as a Diaconal Minister at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedia, MN, a congregation worshipping over 2,300 weekly. She describes this role as, “A Diaconal Minister is a bridge builder; someone who traverses the gap between the sacred and the secular worlds.” Throughout her life, Erin has lived into this calling, walking on the edge with those in various communities and pointing to where Christ is present. Growing up in Appalachia and attending Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, she learned first-hand that God is amongst all cultures in a variety of ways. Despite her humble rural beginnings since then, God has called her to work in large suburban congregations. There Erin has learned that even in affluence, you still have nothing if you don’t have Christ on the inside. She received her Master’s in Youth, Culture and Mission from Wartburg Theological Seminary, has worked at churches in Ohio, Colorado and Minnesota and has been serving full-time in Youth Ministry since 1997. When she is not working at the church, you might find her pursuing her other great love, the hospitality industry. She has worked as a Barista for Starbucks, as well as taken the Quality Service course at the Disney Institute.