Pastor Laurene M Lafontaine

Laurene-2Serving now as the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Minnesota is the fulfillment of a lifelong sense of call to ministry in the local church. I absolutely love preaching, teaching and getting to know people.   I am excited to be here in Rochester, Minnesota!

Since being ordained a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister on Reformation Sunday, October 25, 1987, it’s been nothing short of a five-ticket ride! My ministry opportunities have been diverse and quite interesting.

My first two years following graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1987 were spent at St. Luke’s Hospital and University of Colorado Health Science Center in an Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education internship and residency program. This work as a hospital chaplain has been the most formative experience in my ministry thus far. It certainly prepared me for incredibly diverse and varied ministries I have had the opportunity with which to be involved.

I served as the National Co-Moderator for Presbyterians for Lesbian/Gay Concerns, directed Equality Colorado’s statewide interfaith “Voices of Faith for Human Rights” program for LGBT civil rights and founded the AIDS/HIV Interfaith Network of Colorado when the faith communities were doing very little to provide supportive care for those infected and affected by HIV, let alone educating their congregations about HIV or being a voice of compassion, reason and faithfulness in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

My time teaching and coaching at St. Mary’s Academy, a private college prep high school founded by the Sisters of Loretto, has been definite highlight. I loved teaching a variety of courses including Advanced Placement European History, 20th Century World History and Speech. Coordinating the community service program for the high school allowed me to witness how young women were providing compassion and care to those in need and thus changing the world for the good.

Between serving a small struggling church in Northwest Denver as part-time pastor and then as an interim youth minister at a progressive large suburban church, my call to ministry was nurtured and rekindled.  All of which has prepared well for this position at Community Presbyterian Church.

I currently share my home with Gypsy, my dog and Dante, Ellie and Abby, my three cats in Rochester, MN.  In my free time, I enjoy bicycling, being outdoors, creating things with my hands, studying diverse expressions of spirituality and hanging out with my friends. Most importantly, I want to help make the world a better place and have fun doing it!

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