January 15, 2019
Give thanks to God for the long and multidimensional ministry of Rev. Jan Van Pelt. Although she retired this fall, there was no formalized ritual to acknowledge that passage in her life and in our common life and we thought it important to do so. For the past 30 years, Jan met many of you as she consulted with numerous communities of faith (many of which were experiencing conflict) or served as Interim Pastor (for 12 congregations in six denominations!). Jan’s journey in ministry included a variety of settings and took many turns. After graduation from PSR, she served as a Community Organizer for the National Farm Worker Ministry, working alongside Cesar Chavez from 1967-77. After forming her own business as a Court Reporter for several years, she developed Building Bridges, a ministry offering mediation, coaching and consulting to congregations of varied denominations, a business which she will continue part time in her retirement. Jan was ordained at Plymouth Church UCC in Seattle in 2010. Her last Interim Ministry setting was St. John’s Chapel by the Sea (UPCUSA) in Moclips, Washington.
Jan writes of her ministry: “Working in conflict settings has often been challenging, and I couldn’t have done it without the support of colleagues, family and friends, and the persistence, dedication and faith of the people I served. It’s been incredibly rewarding work. My own faith has been immeasurably deepened as I’ve been allowed to see with my own eyes God’s transforming, resurrecting power. Thanks be to God.”
We invite you to share our gratitude for Jan’s ministry among us. – Gail Crouch and Susan Yarrow Morris