Pastor Elizabeth Nees

Associate Pastor

For the majority of my childhood, I was raised in the small ranching town of Evanston, Wyoming, about 100 miles outside of Salt Lake City. Approximately 70 percent of my hometown residents are Mormon. Being raised in the religious minority, as a non-Mormon, continues to shape my passion for unity across faith backgrounds, interfaith relationships and inclusion.

After receiving my bachelor’s in Education from the University of Northern Colorado, I participated in Urban Servant Corps in Denver. There, I lived in intentional Christian community with seven other young adults committed to a simple lifestyle; together we volunteered with and among the city’s poor and marginalized population. In 2003 I was accepted to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Young Adults in Global Mission program in Egypt, where I worked with St. Andrew’s Refugee Services to help Sudanese refugees, who fled to Cairo to protect their lives. St. Andrew’s not only provided English language education for adults and children awaiting resettlement, but also a space for refugees to gather safely in worship and community. Upon returning to the United States, I worked in the ELCA Global Mission unit in Chicago, recruiting young adults for global mission service. I then attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, graduating in May 2010 with a Masters of Divinity.

In July of 2010 I was called as the pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Millville, New Jersey, where I served for five years. During my time there, the congregation intentionally spread its reach into the surrounding neighborhood and into relationship with its neighbors. After moving to California in 2015, I served as a “bridge pastor” at Christ Lutheran Church in Goleta, where together the congregation and I discerned its future direction during a critical crossroad. In June of 2017, I enthusiastically accepted the call to Holy Trinity. Currently, I live in Camarillo with my husband, daughter and our golden retriever, Willow.

I hope you will join us for worship or another activity soon!