Ceremony Sunday afternoon welcomes new pastor to ministry and to local church

— Daily Freeman-Journal photos by Anne Blankenship The Rev. Gina Sterk, the new associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City, greets congregation members Sunday afternoon, following her ordination ceremony at the church.

It was a special day at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City on Sunday. Not only did the congregation welcome a new associate pastor, but also had the opportunity to witness her ordination.

The Rev. Gina Sterk will serve Trinity in addition to South Enes Lutheran Church in Vincent and a satellite church, New Hope in Eagle Grove.

Sterk is originally from Duluth, Minnesota. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids and McCormick Seminary in Chicago. Many members of her family were on hand for Sunday’s ceremony.

“This has been a really special day for me and I feel so overwhelmingly welcomed and loved,” Sterk said. She added that it was especially meaningful to have the ordination at the church she will be serving, with so many clergy from the area and synod able to attend, including Bishop Roger Prois, who led the service.

Sterk said she moved to the community over the weekend and looks forward to getting acquainted with the community and area residents.

Area clergy taking part in the ordination of Gina Sterk, front row center, included, from the left, Rev. Carroll Lang, Rev. Mike Kroona of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sterk and Bishop Roger Prois; back row, Rev. Jim McColley, Rev. Jeff Ungs, Rev. Matthew Manz, Jim Mossman and Rev. Craig Blaufuss.

The Rev. Mike Kroona, senior pastor at Trinity, said the ordination was the first one held in the Webster City church since the 1960s.

“We’re pleased to welcome her to the congregation and to the ministry,” Kroona said.