A new pastor begins her ministry Nov. 3 at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon. Rev. Stephanie Kopsch will lead the regular service for the first time since being selected as the new church leader.
Kopsch was chosen at a congregational meeting in July. She is relocating from Arvada, where she served as pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church.
Henry Rissier, church council president, said they have been looking for a new pastor since the previous one retired in June. Rev. Bev Piro was serving as the interim pastor.
“We learned from last time; it took almost two years to find the last pastor,” Rissier said. “We didn’t want to make that mistake again, it was very costly to the church.”
The church council interviewed five men and four women for the open position before deciding on Kopsch.
Kopsch, born and raised in Germany, was in the first generation of women admitted to the Ecumenical Institute. She graduated in 1989 from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Ordained in Chicago in 1993, Kopsch was accepted to the graduate program in Ecumencial Theology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1996.
Since returning to the U.S., she has served congregations in Kansas and Colorado. In a prepared statement, Kopsch said, “I am thrilled to join the Lord of the Mountains community and to lead its progressive ministries.”
A reception will be held to welcome Pastor Kopsch immediately following the 9 a.m. service Nov. 3.
“It’s a dynamic group of people that is actively seeking ways to make a difference in Summit County and many parts of the world,” Kopsch said in her statement.
Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church is located at 56 Highway 6 in Dillon. Pastor Stephanie Kopsch will be officially installed as the church’s pastor at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, officiated by Bishop James Gonia.