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
Pastor Alina's Latest Blogs
God be with you till we meet again; by good counsels guide, uphold you, with a shepherd’s care enfold you; God be with you till we meet again. – God Be with You Till We Meet Again, ELW Hymn #536 When I was growing up, my home congregation ended every worship service by singing the […]
Dear Reformation, 2023 is already off to an incredible start here with so much to look forward to in the months ahead. One thing I am personally looking forward to is my sabbatical this summer. Reformation’s Human Resource Policy provides for clergy under call at Reformation to take up to three months of sabbatical after […]
“O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by; yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light. The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” – O Little Town of Bethlehem (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymn 279) […]