The Rev. Steven P. Sabin was ordained to Word and Sacrament ministry by the Lutheran Church in America in June 1985. Before coming to CCL in April 2001, Pastor Steve was the Pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ames, Iowa for 16 years. In addition to his parish responsibilities, Pastor Steve has served as a national leader in ecumenical relations and has extensive experience in social advocacy and community development.
Pastor Steve graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with a Master of Divinity degree. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Classics from the University of Iowa. Pastor Steve took his chaplaincy training at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital and Medical School in Chicago, and did an internship at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, Connecticut.
When he accepted the call to be Senior Pastor at Christ Church, Pastor Steve described his ministry in these words:
"You call me to be your pastor, a word that means shepherd. I know that only Christ is the Good Shepherd. I am the Shepherd's dog to seek the lost, bring aid to the injured, and sound the alarm at danger.
"You call me to preside at the Eucharist. The table belongs to the Lord and I am the waiter at his meal. I will baptize in your midst, but it is God who gives new life and makes us sisters and brothers together in Christ. I will preach to you, but will proclaim only Christ, and him crucified. I will speak to you the words of absolution to remind you that God forgives our sins and loves us unconditionally."
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