Rev. Sherrie Lorbeck
Pastor at Unity Lutheran (formerly Cross of Life Lutheran) in Brookfield, Wis.
Rev. Sherrie Lorbeck has served as one of the pastors at Cross of Life Lutheran in Brookfield (now known as Unity Lutheran) for the last ten years. Cross of Life is a vibrant and healthy congregation of over two thousand members, deeply connected to serving with their partner ministries beyond their walls and offering opportunities for all ages to worship, learn, serve and invite in Jesus’ name.
In 2008, Cross of Life was approached by a neighboring ELCA congregation, Christ the King, about a possible combination. The two congregations began a series of conversations that multiplied over the years involving a wide group of congregational leaders. After much prayer and discernment the two congregations have become a two-campus, single congregation known as Unity Lutheran Church.
Being the Church in new and creative ways has never been more important. Working with her colleagues, Pastor John Horner-Ibler and Pastor Jim Ahlquist, Rev. Lorbeck has taken the lead on the financial, communications, and technology aspects of the collaborative union. All three pastors have invested considerable time with each other and with the congregations in building trust and relationships. Success in these areas has allowed the united congregation to deepen and expand external servant ministries, one of the core goals of the collaboration.
Originally from Tomahawk, Rev. Lorbeck was blessed to be shaped by the people of God at Grace Lutheran Church. Through her pastors and her experiences there, she experienced God's call to ministry as a teen. Focused on serving among and with others, she majored in Religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. During seminary, Rev. Lorbeck served at Capitol Drive Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and at Bethany Lutheran in Escanaba, MI.
When not working, Rev. Lorbeck and her husband enjoy spending time with their two active boys ages 6 and 3 and are looking forward to welcoming their third on November 1st.