Pastor Christine Core

Pastor Christine first came to Bethel as a seminary intern in September 2012, serving for the academic year. Graduating from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry with a Master of Arts in Transforming Theology, she returned to Bethel in late 2013 as a lay pastoral leader while completing the requirements for ordination. She completed additional study at Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary as part of the TEEM Program. She was ordained in April of 2015 and called as a Associate Pastor at Bethel.  Effective June 1, 2018, Pastor Christine was affirmed by the congregation as Pastor.

In addition to her service to preach the Word of God and to administer the Sacraments, Pastor Christine focuses her work at Bethel on pastoral care, community outreach ministries, issues of equity and justice, including community organizing principles, and on children of the congregation’s faith formation. She is particularly interested in biblical studies done from a social-science perspective and studies the work of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Pastor Christine and her husband John live in Portland and spend as much time as they can in the Willamette National Forest in the Upper McKenzie River valley, east of Eugene, OR. They have three married daughters and six grandchildren. A Wisconsin native, she is a Badger fan and holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has a particular inexplicable passion for the Green Bay Packers.