This last 10 months has been an exciting and interesting journey for First Trinity, and we are blessed to share that on Sunday we voted to call Nicolette Peñaranda to serve as pastor to God’s people at First Trinity.
Of course, we could not have come this far without the support and guidance of Pastor Cheryl who has served faithfully during this time of transition and Pastor Cynthia from the synod who has guided us through the call process. We thank God for them!
We are also grateful for the time and effort of our call team. They were asked to look for signs of God at work and the Spirit delivered!
There will be details about Pastor Nicolette’s start date and ordination coming soon.
Nicolette ‘Nic’ Peñaranda (she/ her/ hers) is a New York native and Chicago resident for the past two years. She is recently married to Dennis Peñaranda and raises two cats, Penne and Rigatoni. Nicolette completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology (concentration in Social Work/ Family Studies) and History with a minor in Gender Studies, her Masters of Business Administration in Management, both from Wagner College. She completed her Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Black Church Studies from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. During seminary, Nicolette served as a field student for two years at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia. Before coming to Chicago, Nicolette was selected to be a Horizon International Intern at Iglesia San Lucas in Grand Bourg, Argentina. Outside of parish ministry, Nicolette has served as an Americorp member in the role of Community Projects Coordinator at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School where she developed and managed a substance abuse support program for students. After a six month role as a Trauma Chaplain resident at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Nicolette has spent her time in Chicago as the Program Director for DOOR Network, a faith based service learning program. When Nicolette is not working, she serves as the correspondent secretary of the African Descent Lutheran Association- Metro Chicago Chapter, a supply preacher across the Metro Chicago Synod, Chaplain of the ELCA’s International Students Retreat, and as the Creative Expressions Manager of the National Youth Gathering of 2021