New Peace Lutheran pastor to be installed Aug. 16 |

New Peace Lutheran pastor to be installed Aug. 16

Rev. Eileen Smith LeVan
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The Rev. Eileen Smith LeVan, formerly of Reading, Pennsylvania, is now presiding at Peace Lutheran Church.

She is preaching weekly at the 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services at the church at 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

Smith LeVan will be installed at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Aug. 16, led by regional church leader Rev. Judith Morgado of Lincoln. Other Lutheran clergy from the area also will be there. All are invited to attend the installation.

“The people of Peace Lutheran Church are brimming with energy and joy for ministry in the name of Jesus,” Smith LeVan said. “I am feeling very blessed to be their called pastor.”

Her last act of service to her previous parish — Nativity Lutheran in Reading — was to take church youth to Detroit for the recent National Youth Gathering of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

She also has been active in hunger advocacy and enjoys hiking and crocheting.

Smith LeVan graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and from Luther College in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She embarked on a nursing career before turning to the ministry. She graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1998. She is married to Brian Smith, who retired after 34 years with the Reading Fire Department.

Two and a half years have passed since the departure of Peace’s previous pastor, the long-term Rev. Richard O. Johnson.

Congregation members have worked hard since then to prepare for this moment, said congregation President Dennis Berg.

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