Meet Pastor Alina Gayeuski
Pastor Alina (she/her/hers) was raised worshipping at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pottsville, PA. From an early age, her parents let her sit in the front pew of the sanctuary so that she could watch the organist play. When she was eight, her mother accepted a position on Trinity’s staff as the Coordinator of Senior Services. Days off from school and summer break meant days spent in the church office with her mom.
Pastor Alina attended Susquehanna University where she studied Religion and Women’s Studies, earning her Bachelor of Arts in 2009. Active in the Religious Life on campus, she served as a member of the Chaplain’s Staff for three years as the Deacon of Service. During those years, she spent summers on the hillsides of Camp Nawakwa, working as both a counselor and a program specialist.
After college, Pastor Alina began her studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and graduated with her Master of Divinity degree in May of 2013. Her time in seminary included serving as a chaplain at Bethany Village, a retirement village in central Pennsylvania, and a yearlong internship at Ridgway Area Lutheran Ministry, a three-point parish in northwestern Pennsylvania.
In addition to serving at Reformation, Pastor Alina serves as the Chair of the Board for Young Clergy Women International. She also serves on the boards of the Domestic Abuse Project in Delaware County, Bear Creek Camp, and the United Lutheran Seminary Alumni Association.
Pastor Alina is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at United Lutheran Seminary.
Pastor Alina married her husband, Daniel Smith, in May 2016. They love to spend time with family and friends, enjoying good food and good wine, traveling to new places, and planning their future home on a farm with goats and sheep. They adore their cat, Pearl, and eagerly anticipate adding more furry family members.
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Phone Pastor Alina: 610-891-0600 ext. 109