Rev. Dr. Janet Blair
A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
Blessings of Epiphany, wholeness, and health to you and your family during these extraordinary times!
I am so pleased to be called as pastor to the Santa Rosa community and to Knox Presbyterian and Thanksgiving Lutheran Churches. I am a new arrival in Northern California having just moved right before Christmas with my spouse (and two cats) from New Jersey. Big changes for us! I feel blessed to be here among you, and I look forward to getting a chance in the next few weeks to speak with everyone, to get to know you a little, and to hear about your hopes and dreams for our ministry together.
It's certainly challenging to be the church these days, when we can't even meet very often in person for worship or events. But I hear how important it is to the members of Knox and TLC to be connected to the community and to "preach the gospel at all times," in the words of St. Francis, through our action as well as our words.
So your ministry and your care for each other are ongoing even in the middle of a pandemic. I am excited about seeing, in the coming weeks and months (and years!) how that "preaching" will be expressed through what we do in this community.
I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts, your concerns, and your celebrations - so please feel free to be in touch with me.
Take good care, be well, and know that God walks with you through all your challenges and joys.
Pastor Janet Blair is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament, ordained in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), which has a full communion relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA). She received her Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College in New York City, her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary (NY), and her Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary), specializing in Cross-Cultural Ministry.
Pastor Janet is a trained mission developer, having initiated a mission, Morning Star Fellowship, in the Korean and Korean-American community in northern New Jersey. Her Doctor of Ministry project, Language and the Gospel: Relationships and Mission in a Second-Language Ministry, was based upon her ministry experience with Morning Star.
Pastor Janet is a coach with specialized training in discipleship, mission development/congregational vitality, and Care for Creation, and is pursuing additional credentialing. Her first career was in publishing (production and editorial), and she continues to write and publish on various topics.
She treasures her experience in interfaith, multicultural, and ecumenical settings, and is looking forward to her new life as a citizen of California!