Our Priest We are grateful to have Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson as St. Bartholomew’s spiritual leader since the beginning of 2022. The Search Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended Amanda to the Vestry, who accepted their recommendation with the support of both Canon Ambler and Bishop Brown of the Diocese. As our Priest-in-Charge, she leads 3 worship services a month, along with other duties and responsibilities.
Amanda is a Lutheran minister, ordained in 2015. After spending two years as the Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in East Hartford, Connecticut, Amanda spent four and a half years as the Executive Director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and supports LGBTQIA+ leaders in the Lutheran Church in the United States and Canada.
As she said in her introductory letter: “My calling in life is to preach the good news of Christ’s love, to care for God’s people who diligently seek to live out their grace-filled callings as disciples, to wrestle with God’s people as we explore the scriptures and ponder what holy texts are being written today, to administer the sacraments as they reveal God’s presence in our lives: I am called to be a pastor.” And so, she responded to our posting. Amanda and her wife, Tasha, live with their young son in their home in Portland. We know that you will feel as hopeful and confident of our future together as the others of us who have met her feel.
Celebration of New Ministry held June 12th, 2022 The Installation of Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson as our Priest-In-Charge was held at St. Bart's on a beautiful afternoon at 4PM . The Rev. Cn. Michael Ambler presided with many Diocesan clergy in attendance. A joyful outdoor reception followed the service.
Clergy & Staff
PRIEST-IN-CHARGE Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson
Amanda is a Lutheran minister, ordained in 2015. After spending two years as the Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in East Hartford, Connecticut, Amanda spent four and a half years as the Executive Director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and supports LGBTQIA+ leaders in the Lutheran Church in the United States and Canada. Amanda and her wife Tasha live with their young son in their home in Portland. Email Amanda Telephone: (207) 846-9244 Rev Amanda's Hours: Please contact Rev. Amanda by email or phone to schedule an appointment during her workdays of Tuesday - Thursday
DEACON Rev. Deacon Corey Walmer
MUSIC DIRECTOR Dr. Christina Scott Edelen
Christina has been a church musician and choir director for the last 33 years. Most recently Christina served the Anglican Church of St. John’s and St. Philip’s in The Hague, Netherlands. Christina and her husband have now relocated back to Maine.
Teri has worked for churches for the past 7 years. Prior to parish work, she worked in international education. She loves to read, entertain friends, cook, and travel. Teri lives in South Portland with her husband and her cat Sven.
Email Teri Telephone: (207) 846-9244 Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9am to 3pm
INTERN Mary Curlew
Mary is a postulant for the priesthood from the Diocese of MA, a pastoral intern at St. Bartholomew's, and a practicing clinical social worker in private practice. Mary is also a mother of two adult children from whom she has gained wisdom, patience, and a wry sense of humor. Mary is in seminary full-time currently at General Theological School and is eager to use what she is learning in both her social work practice and internship.