Pastor Lori Kiehl is set to be formally installed as the new pastor at Trenton First Christian Church on Sunday, October 29. The installation ceremony is scheduled to follow the 10:45 a.m. service and will be accompanied by a dinner and reception.
Kiehl has been serving as the Interim Pastor for the Disciples of Christ congregation since September 2022. Alongside her pastoral duties, she holds a position as a Data Analyst for Enviro-Master Services LLC, a company headquartered in North Carolina.
Before her current appointment, Kiehl contributed to the spiritual communities in Green City and Milan. Throughout 2021 and 2022, she served part-time at United Methodist congregations. Her journey into ministry began in 2019 when she was called to be a lay pastor at Dockery Chapel, initially filling a five-month gap. Subsequently, she embraced a role as a full-time Transitional Intentional Interim Minister for the communities of Princeton and Mercer.
Kiehl brings a wealth of experience from outside the ecclesiastical sphere. Prior to committing to full-time ministry, she operated as a Computer and Business Consultant in the local area for 23 years. Her educational background includes a Master’s degree in Vocational Business Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing. Further honing her skills for ministry, she attended additional classes at the St. Paul School of Theology from 2018 to 2020.
Kiehl has been a farm wife for 36 years, raising three children who have now reached adulthood. She also enjoys the role of grandmother to two grandchildren.