Pastor Christine Myers Parker was born in Maryland and spent her most formative years in Essex, surrounded by the loving church community of Hope Lutheran Church in Middleborough. She is the daughter of the Rev. R. Carl Myers, retired pastor, and Karen Myers, a receptionist for an accounting firm. Christine is the youngest of three children.
Pastor Christine is married to Mark Parker, a born and bred Baltimorean and pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the mission start Breath of God Lutheran Church in Highlandtown. They were blessed with their first child, Luke Raymond Parker, on September 1, 2010.
Having graduated from Dulaney High School in 2002, she went on to University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with a B. A. in Philosophy in 2006. From there she stayed in Philadelphia for seminary, attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and graduated in May 2010 with her MDiv.
Pastor Christine is a young pastor, but has been very active in the church locally, synodically, and nationally since high school. In high school she worked with the planning team for the Baltimore Youth Quake and served as the Vice President of what is now known at the Lutheran Youth Organization of the DE-MD Synod. She also served for two years as the youth representative to synod council. In college, she quickly became a peer minister and member of council at University Lutheran Church, and worked ecumenically with the Christian Association and inter-religiously with the Office of the Chaplain. Christine also became involved with Lutheran Student Movement (LSM), serving as the President of the Mid-Atlantic LSM and then as President of LSM-USA. During that time she worked with the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministries and with the North America Regional Committee of the World Student Christian Federation. She is excited to draw on these experiences in the local ecumenical setting.
Throughout college and seminary, Pastor Christine continued to do synodical ministry, working with the youth of the synod by serving on the youth ministry restructuring committee, helping to plan the youth events of our synod. She currently serves as a Co-Coordinator for the Lutheran Youth Organization and team mentor for the Service and Outreach Team of the LYO. As a seminarian she worked with Project Connect, a grant-funded Lutheran organization designed to get more young adults on the path towards ordained ministry. She continues to work with Project Connect in the synod.
Pastor Christine enjoys running, sailing, hiking, biking, and reading. Together, Christine and Mark insist upon taking anyone who has never sailed before sailing, either downtown in the Inner Harbor, or on her family’s boat on Middle River.
Pastor Christine is passionate about vibrant worship and being a worshipping community that works with and supports its local community. She is excited to minister to and among a faithful growing congregation.
Shirley Edmonston has been the office assistant at Lord of Life since February 2010, and a member since 2001. She is in the office 10 hours a week. She is also chairperson of the Social Ministry Committee and has volunteered for many projects and activities around the church. Her time away from the office is spent with her family, including two grandchildren, Landon and Gabi. She is also a very active member of Harford Chapter #83, Order of the Eastern Star in Bel Air.
Please contact her by calling (410) 676-8063 during church hours, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1973, Lord of Life was privileged to have the organ music of Jan Hasselbusch echo throughout worship. Her joyous sounds have continued through to present day worship.
Jan joined Lord of Life as a congregation member in 1975 and has actively served in the following areas of ministry: Church Council, Youth Group Advisor, Women’s Group, Sharing Table, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent. Currently, Jan serves on the Music and Worship Committee, Adult Choir, and a few other committees.
Amidst all her responsibilities (which drew her nearer to the church), little did Jan know that her Lord of Life also was drawing her closer to her soul mate, Randy Hasselbusch. Jan met and married Randy at Lord of Life and they have two daughters, Jenny and Suzy.
Outside of Lord of Life, she continues her ministry in music by teaching seventh grade general music (classical guitar and American Music) and seventh grade chorus at Southampton Middle School. This is Jan’s 32nd year teaching.