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Light Of Christ's New Pastor The Reverend Sylvia Mueller

Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Turlock, CA has a called a new pastor, the Rev. Sylvia Mueller, who will begin her ministry February 1st. Pastor Sylvia entered her second career as an ordained pastor after eight years as a social worker and gerontologist. She received a Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Gerontology at the University of Southern California. After graduating in 1987 Pastor Sylvia took a job as the Field Service Coordinator at Ombudsman Inc. (Nursing Home Advocacy) in Alameda County, California. She continued to feel a call to parish ministry and after eight years working for Ombudsman she entered seminary and in 2000 graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California with a Master of Divinity. After serving three and half years at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Illinois, she served four years of ministry to the Nokomis-Fillmore Lutheran Parish which consisted of three rural congregations in Southern Illinois.

In 2008 Pastor Sylvia decided to move to California to be closer to her immediate family and to seek a full-time position to parish ministry in California. While seeking this position in parish ministry, she worked as Assistant Night Minister at San Francisco Night Ministry, in addition to doing pulpit supply throughout California. As a night minister, she walked the streets of San Francisco from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. providing middle-of-the-night pastoral care, counseling, referral and crisis intervention to the homeless and anyone in any kind of distress.

Pastor Sylvia was officially installed Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. at Light of Christ Lutheran Church.

May she find fulfillment and blessings here as she work with us in our Turlock Church and community.