A life-long Lutheran, Laurie A. Jones was baptized into Christ’s church on July 17, 1963. She is the third of four children born to Otis & Esther Jones formerly of Norwalk, CA. Her formative years were spent in Southern California where she was shaped by her family and her faith community. With joy, she practiced the discipline of weekly worship and took great delight participating in Sunday School and Luther League. Laurie confirmed her faith on June 13, 1971.
As a young adult Laurie worked In grocery retail, but her passion was working with Middle Schoolers as a volunteer youth minister at Christ Lutheran in Long Beach, CA and in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she continued her ministry with Lutheran Church of the Servant, a mission congregation. It was there she completed her undergraduate studies, graduating from the College of Santa Fe with a BA
in Religious Studies before heading to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
During her first two years of seminary Laurie worked for the Global Mission Institute on campus and enjoyed the richness of connecting with international students from all over the world. She studied for an interim in Mexico City, spent a summer studying in Zimbabwe, and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at University Good Samaritan Hospital before interning for a year at Maple Leaf Lutheran, Seattle. In her final year at Luther, she attended the World Council of Churches Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ordained on June 15, 1997, Pastor Laurie accepted a call to serve at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer as an Associate Pastor with special emphasis on Discipleship of All Ages. While there, she led an intergenerational mission trip to Fortaleza, Brazil and was part of a fact-finding team sent to Nicaragua on behalf of the South Dakota Synod. After three years serving at LCOOR on the prairies of South Dakota, where she discovered people actually do walk on water (at least during the cold, midwest winters when the lakes are frozen), she accepted a call to serve as Associate, and later Co-Pastor, along with Erik R. Wilson Weiberg at Ballard First Lutheran, Seattle where she has served for the past sixteen years.
Laurie finds joy whenever she can spend time with family, especially her three great-nephews and her great-niece who all reside in Southern California. She is a charter member of the Lutheran International Pinochle Society (aka LIPS) and travels to Mexico annually where the foursome convenes their games (rotating partners so all remain friends). In the in-between times she delights in all of God’s good gifts and enjoys swimming, reading, travel, and much laughter.