The Rev. Lauren Muratore, Pastor
Pastor Lauren (she/her/hers) grew up in Towson, MD, just north of Baltimore. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Leadership Development from West Chester University in 2006 and a Masters of Divinity from Gettysburg Seminary (now United Lutheran Seminary) in 2014. After graduation she received a call to Gettysburg Seminary, serving as the Director of Admissions, Assistant Dean of the Chapel, and Coordinator of Spiritual Formation. Prior to receiving her call to Augustana Lutheran Church, she has served for four years as pastor of an ELCA church in downtown Baltimore, while also engaging in sustaining partnerships as visitation pastor for another Lutheran church and as Priest in Charge of an Episcopal church.
Over the years, Pastor Lauren has served the synodical expression of the church as a mentor for the DE-MD Lutheran Youth Organization, and as a member of the synod staff’s mutual ministry committee, the Finland & Estonia Taskforce, and the Congregational Vitality Team. She has served the wider church as a volunteer for ministries with folks inside of prisons in Nebraska and Maryland, has led anti-racism and historical truth-telling study tours to South Africa, and currently serves on the board of directors for ReconcilingWorks.
Pastor Lauren understands the gospel to be a radical gift which inspires a radical response, calling us to ancient and creative ways of being Church together. She believes the Church is called to be a people steeped in worship and sacrament, relationship, and service: Jesus-centered communities ready to be as profoundly welcoming, reaching, and graceful as the Spirit who formed us. Pastor Lauren has a charism for embodied theology, believing that—by our baptism and by the power of the Holy Spirit’s abiding—we are called to be a divine presence in the world, showing up in the kinds of places where Jesus showed up; cruciform places of suffering, in lives that are lonely, in solidarity with those who are oppressed, and in moments of resurrection joy, with an unrelenting hope in the promised reign of God.
Pastor Lauren loves to read, especially good fiction, and would love any and all book recommendations you’d like to share. She’s an amateur (though enthusiastic) gardener, an overly ambitious cook who sings unashamedly in the kitchen, a lover of the great outdoors and the bright lights of the city, and proud human to the cutest 15 year old orange tabby cat you ever did see, Elliott. In non-COVID times, you can find her typing away in coffee shops and maybe even tending bar at a neighborhood pub.
And of course you’ll find her with the church, be it in the flesh or online. She can’t wait to meet you there.