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About Pastor Nancy Kraft

Pastor Nancy Kraft has been our pastor at Holy Trinity since May of 2005 after serving as a co-pastor at Advent in University City. She previously served in parishes in North Dakota and Ohio, as well as serving as an Assistant to the Bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod. Pastor Nancy was raised in Hamilton, Ohio and earned her B.S. from Bowling Green State University, where she was an English education major. With a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, she was ordained in 1979. She also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in religion and education.

Monday night I had dinner with two close friends who have been through some amazingly glorious times with me at Holy Trinity as well as gut-wrenching challenges that seemed insurmountable. One of them observed that I have become an icon in Charlotte, and I’ll be moving to a place where no one knows me and…

An array of colors frames the brick pavers: Yellow, orange, purple, blue, pink, red. Each day they greet me, as the sun and I rise together, and I emerge from my dark cocoon. They remind me that I have the ability to bring beauty into the world. For although Jesus may teach that the splendor…

Editor’s Note: June 19th is Pastor Nancy’s last day as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. There will be many tears; she has been a special pastor, here at Holy Trinity. But, we know she has more lives to touch and a new church for which she will be a special pastor. Good-byes and Boxes,…

During worship today, two letters were read. Both were written by me. They were read to two different congregations. One was written to my beloved Holy Trinity in Charlotte. May 15 marks the 11th year of my first Sunday with them, to the day. Like this year, it was Pentecost 11 years ago, too. In…

This year Holy Trinity is celebrating its 100th year of ministry. Our Anniversary Committee began meeting nearly three years ago to make plans. One of the things we did early on was establish a budget. We debated whether or not we would commission an anniversary anthem. When considering the pros and cons, we decided there…

At Holy Trinity we gathered outside the building for the Blessing of Palms and then processed into the nave singing a raucous two-part song that filled the space with electricity. It was noisy, much like I imagine the streets of Jerusalem were as Jesus made his grand entrance with crowds cheering and branches waving. But…

Last Friday, when I heard that Donald Trump would be speaking at Lenoir-Rhyne University, which is an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I was livid. Then I learned how institutions of higher learning make themselves available to all political candidates in the interest of a free exchange of ideas. So, Mr. Trump…

Today I was reminded again of the amazing contribution children make to our worship life. I know I’m biased, but I have to tell you that we have been blessed with extraordinary children at Holy Trinity. They understand the gospel, particularly our mission of Loving Not Judging, in a way that often seems to elude…

When I was a kid, my friends and I liked to hurl insults at one another. There were some classic lines like, “Is that your head or is your neck blowing bubbles?” Or, “Do that trick again, open your mouth and make your face disappear!”One of my favorites was always, “Halloween’s over; you can take…

When I was a girl my family always spent Christmas Eve at Aunt Margaret and Uncle Jack’s house. The place was jam-packed with family, neighbors and friends stopping by and I figured that, in the city of Hamilton, Ohio, this was the place to be. It never occurred to me that there were some people…