This season we are joined with some amazing WOC leaders (pastors, activists, writers, and everything in between) who share how they are answering a call to do the work at this time. We are calling this season Tapestry of Call because we see each person’s call and vocation as a part of a whole. We’re all connected.
Our first episode starts out with Rev Nicolette Marie Peñaranda. She shares with us what it’s like to be a bi-vocational pastor. The challenges and triumphs. And we are grateful to know her and for her willingness to be transparent and share some of her journey with us.
Here’s her bio:
Rev. Nicolette Marie Peñaranda is the pastor of First Lutheran Church of the Trinity in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Nic was raised in the Metro New York area where she attended Wagner College for her degree in Sociology, History, and Masters in Business Administration. While receiving her MDiv at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Nic began merging her love of art with scripture. This blend has led to a mural on display at Instituto Evangelico Argentino en Grand Bourg, Argentina and at the 2018 National Youth Gathering’s Creative Expressions area. She is now the 2022 National Youth Gathering’s Creative Expressions Manager to continue to put her craft to use. Outside of the church, Nic leads racial justice facilitations through her game MONadvocacy. The Peñaranda family now resides in Berwyn, Illinois where Nic is running for City Council member. When Nic is not accompanying a congregation or running for office, she spends time with her spouse Dennis, her daughter Mahalia, and her two cats Penne and Rigatoni.
You can support her campaign for 1st Ward Alderman here:
Here is the link to support her campaign for 1st Ward Alderman