University Mennonite Church in State College, PA, held a service of installation for its new lead pastor, Kate Heinzel, on October 21, 2018.
Dave Mishler, Allegheny Mennonite Conference Minister, led the installation service. Joanne Dietzel, Atlantic Coast Conference Minister, presented the sermon, entitled “Come and Rest.”
Heinzel, who officially began the position as lead pastor at University Mennonite on September 1, came to State College from Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Most recently she served as staff chaplain with Lancaster General Health.
An ordained minister in Mennonite Church, USA, she describes herself as “not a cradle Mennonite. I was raised Catholic and chose Anabaptism in my early 20’s. I felt I had found a good fit – to have a space for my gifts and to focus on peace, justice, and the community of believers.”
Heinzel sees her role as pastor of University Mennonite in three components: First, she looks forward to preaching on Sunday mornings. The second is pastoral care – getting to know the individuals that make up the University Mennonite community. And the third is gift discernment. “As I take on this new pastoral role, I’m looking forward to hearing where this body of diverse believers sees us going as we do the work of the church together,” she says.
A lover of all things outdoors, Heinzel enjoys hiking, backpacking, and biking. She has four adult children.
– submitted by Krista Weidner