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Pastor Lori grew up in Kent, Washington, and was baptized and confirmed at Kent Lutheran Church. She graduated from Kentridge High School and did her undergraduate studies at Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in English, an emphasis in Publishing and Printing Arts, and a minor in Psychology. Lori did a post-baccalaureate year at the University of Washington in English, before moving to Chicago to be a typesetter, writer, and sometimes-editor at Christian Century Magazine. Lori earned her Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago after serving at a rural internship site in west central Minnesota. She served in congregations in the Puget Sound area before being called to be the Lead Pastor at St. Mark’s.
When Lori is not preaching, leading worship or Bible study, or otherwise engaged in the work of God’s people, she likes to hike, kayak, swim, bike, and read in-between. Lori is the mother of two fabulous human beings, Elizabeth and Anna, who are full grown adults who seem to need her much less than they used to. She enjoys eating sushi and tapas with them or, from across the mountains now, visiting with them on FaceTime until she can fly them over for a visit.
Lori recently moved to Spokane from Federal Way, Washington, and is excited to make the South Hill her home.