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 Pastor Alina 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. She was also a part of the Project Connect Immersion program and served for a summer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading, PA.
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.
During her seminary career, Pastor Alina was also blessed to serve as the field education student at Reformation. She found herself called back to serve Reformation again during her senior year of seminary and delighted to extend her time through the summer and fall, after her graduation, serving as the Pastoral Assistant. She was overjoyed to accept a call to continue serving Reformation as a pastor.
In addition to serving at Reformation, Pastor Alina’s call includes serving as the Chaplain to Elwyn – a care community for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also serves on the board of KenCrest, a Lutheran Social Service agency, has worked on a special project with Bear Creek Camp, and participates in programs with Interfaith Philadelphia. She is a member of Young Clergy Women International.
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
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