New pastor ready to serve in first calling at Trinity


Jordan Gerard/SGH Pastor Elizabeth Hermeier sits in her church office, ready to serve the congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church.
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Jordan Gerard

Pastor Elizabeth Hermeier sat in a pew in her home church listening to the pastor (in her 70s and still serving the congregation) preach and a realization came over her, “That’s what I want to be when I grow up.”

Although she was already grown up and had a writing career in advertising, it wasn’t quite the path she chose for herself.

“I didn’t regret a minute of it,” she said. “It was creatively stimulating, but it wasn’t the path I necessarily chose for myself.”

Pastor Hermeier was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and raised in Iowa, listening to her father preach. She lived in Minneapolis for the last 34 years and has always been a person of faith.

She entered the Luther College Seminary as a part time student and worked at her job until she was ready to receive her first call to serve at Trinity.

“I love the worship experience, whether it’s casual or traditional,” she said. “When you’re a person of faith, you get to work that faith and have a privilege that is really remarkable.”

She also enjoys preaching, being a part of confirmation classes with young people, sharing sermons with children and visiting elderly folks.

Being a pastor can be a hard job sometimes, though Pastor Hermeier said it requires patience and resilience.

“Whenever you’re dealing with humans, who are imperfect, they have a way of sometimes causing trouble in their lives that causes trouble in other places,” she said. “I draw on resilience and patience.”

Though the journey to becoming a pastor was long, she’s looking forward to serving.

“A place like Trinity has such a long history of great pastors, activities and people,” Pastor Hermeier said. “It’s a real honor and privilege to have been called to serve these folks. I’d like to live here for a long time to come.”

Spring Grove and the surrounding area are also close to her family and its roots. Though she has no immediate family, her mother lives in Decorah, and her father used to preach at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church. She remembers eating lunches at Ivy Grove Cafe.

“I’m delighted to be here,” she added. “I love the parsonage and walking around town. I feel honored to be given this call.”

Her favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8, which says, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”