Dorcas Miller Lehman
East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church
Hood College B.A.
Columbia University School of Social Work M.S.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary M.Div.
Teaching, mission, organizational leadership, pastoral ministry
I will likely stay in PA.
I have worked in congregational, conference and community agency settings as counselor, teacher, and pastor in rural western Maryland, New York City, and Lancaster, PA.
Accompanying people in moments of change, discernment, or liminal time; teaching, preaching, praying, paying attention to reflection, systems, and next generations while being in the second half of life
The long development of my pastoral self in community now seems like a living out of my baptismal vow as a teenager, though at first the words “woman” and “minister” did not fit together.
Ideal Ministry Situation
My ideal ministry situation is a context where people are tuned to the intimate questions of daily life, while at the same time staying engaged with the large cultural questions of the place of Christians and the church in the world.
Initially, though deeply drawn to seminary study, I was not sure if it could end with a degree. The further I went, the more I felt called to all that the curriculum offered. The one semester full-time on main campus, combined with years of part-time study in PA, provided the flow I needed. I found professors who are grounded in Anabaptist ways of faith, while also engaged in boundary-crossing conversations where the creative Spirit of Christ continually stirs life.
Prior to seminary, I was most familiar with the pastoral care and counseling realm, and I imagined that formation courses would hold my deepest interest. But I found that biblical and theological studies enlivened my life in an entirely new way, engaging my intellect and taking my faith deeper.
Advice for Prospective Students
Keep listening to the inner nudging of the Spirit and the voices of your community. And if you start the journey, may you find enough spaciousness in your schedule to do the hard, satisfying work of learning that challenges your mind and sinks into your soul.