Greetings to the People of Grace Lutheran Church
My name is Tina Melusky, and over the last few months I have been working with your Call Committee on exploring the possibilities of a future ministry together. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in a few weeks, but before that time, I wanted to let you all know a little bit about my family and me. I grew up in southeastern Michigan, just a few miles north of Ohio, but moved to Pennsylvania in order to attend Gettysburg College. I graduated from Gettysburg in 2008 with a degree in psychology, and from there I made a short move through town up to
Gettysburg Seminary. I graduated from seminary last May, and through my four years there I spent time serving in congregations in Mechanicsburg, Dillsburg, as well as Ephrata, where I served my internship year. It was through these experiences that I truly realized how much I love living in Central Pennsylvania, and have come to feel like it is home to me. Throughout my time at seminary, I developed a passion for small town ministry; bred out of the fact that I grew up in a small town, and attended the same congregation my family has for years. I was raised with the idea that your church is your family, and it is there that you develop relationships that are lasting and will bring you through whatever difficulties you might face. It is this love of congregational life that I have experienced over and again throughout my ministries in Pennsylvania.
My time here has brought about more than a love of ministry however; it has also brought me to my husband. My husband and I met on our first day of college, and were married last year in Gettysburg. It was my marriage which brought me to Pittsburgh for the last year. My husband is finishing up his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and due to his need to be in the city for a few more months, I moved to Pittsburgh, where I have been serving in several ministry capacities. The first has been serving as an associate pastor at a suburban church outside of the city, where I have spent most of my time working with their youth and developing small group ministries. My other position has been as an advancement associate for Gettysburg Seminary. I have worked out of the Southwest Pennsylvania Synod office, with my job being to connect with the congregations of this synod who support the seminary, as well as our alumni, building bridges and maintaining relationships with those who make the seminary what it is.
Our time in Pittsburgh has been formative, but we are looking forward to returning home. My husband grew up in Dover, PA, and is greatly looking forward to returning home to put down roots. He will be starting as an adjunct professor of political science at Gettysburg College this fall. We are both anticipating coming back to this place that has brought us to each other and building a life here.
I am greatly looking forward to meeting all of you and being able to share a worship service together, in hopes that it will bring us to a new future together. May God’s peace be with you all, and though we have not met face-to-face, you are in my prayers through the Spirit.