Rev. Heidi Neumark
Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, New York
The Rev. Heidi Neumark has served as Trinity’s pastor since 2003. For nineteen years prior, she was pastor of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in the South Bronx.
Pastor Neumark was a founding member of South Bronx Churches, an ecumenical community organizing group that trained local leaders, built hundreds of low-cost homes, and established a top-ranked public high school.
Pastor Neumark grew up in New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University and received her Masters in Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She spent a year at an ecumenical seminary in Argentina where she also worked with Servicio Paz y Justicia, a human rights organization.
In addition to being a local pastor, Pastor Neumark preaches and speaks at events around the country. She also enjoys writing.
Her experiences in congregational and community ministry in the Bronx led to a highly acclaimed book, "Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx" (Beacon Press). She has a chapter on ministry at Trinity in Getting On Message: Challenging the Christian Right from the Heart of the Gospel. Her most recent book is she is about the discovery of her Jewish roots and the story of her grandfather who died at the Terezin concentration camp: "Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith."
Heidi is married to Gregorio Orellano and they have two children and one perfect grandchild!
Presentation: From the Font to City Hall
Pastor Neumark will describe the depressed landscape she encountered upon her arrival at the South Bronx congregation she served for almost twenty years and how community organizing became a tool to bolster hope and spur renewal. She will outline the differences between advocacy and community organizing and tell the story of transformation as small actions led to large-scale change, including building affordable homes. It is a story of the power of being a public church, loving our neighbors as ourselves.