The Rev. Carrie Ballenger Smith is an ELCA missionary serving as the pastor of the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem as well as the assistant to the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). Journey with Carrie as she discusses her role as a female pastor and leader in her community. To support missionaries like Smith, select ELCA Missionary Sponsorship from the drop-down menu.
Do you want to change the world? Do you want to make a difference? Are you ready to serve the world in need? Take the next step!
Bishop Eaton's Leadership Initiative encourages all of us to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations and communities to consider a call to the ministry of the gospel. If you know someone who shows a gift for ministry, help mentor and foster them. Together -- pastors, deacons, lay people – we can bring the word of God to the world.
On these pages, you will find resources to guide discussions and offer inspiration for conversations and individual reflection on becoming a leader within the ELCA. Check back often as this page is updated with more resources and a variety of other testimonials from leaders of this church.