Author Archives : Pastor Andy Ballentine


About Pastor Andy Ballentine

Pastor Andy Ballentine loves being a parish pastor! Pastor Ballentine took his BA degree from the University of Virginia (with a major in sociology) and earned the Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He earned the Master of Sacred Theology degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with the thesis topic of: "How Benedictine Monastic Spirituality Nourishes Parish Ministry." He has completed the program of Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. In the Virginia Synod, Pastor Ballentine has served as Dean of the Peninsula Conference and as chaplain to the candidates in the Virginia Synod’s Candidacy process (those on the way to being approved for ordained and professional ministries in the church). He has staffed many, many Virginia Synod youth events!


Entering Into the Mystery of God — Father and Son and Holy Spirit

Trinity Sunday     June 16, 2019   As I prepare my last sermons as your pastor, I’m finding that the liturgical themes are leading me to revisit my favorite themes!  Last week – Pentecost – gave me the opportunity to remind you of the fruit of the Spirit, and how important the practices of the faith […]


Led By The Spirit: Spiritual And Religious

Romans 8:14-17     Pentecost     June 9, 2019   The Spirit leads us to be baptized into a set of religious practices.  Through these practices, God creates faith and nurtures and nourishes us in a way of life: of being led by the Spirit.   On survey forms, do you know what is the fastest-growing religious […]


The Risen Christ In Our Ordinary Days

John 21:1-19     Third Sunday of Easter     May 5, 2019 I love the way the gospel of John ends.  The risen Christ appears to his disciples during an ordinary day. The four gospels are four collections of stories that were spoken for years before they were written down.[1]  (Those of you who were here yesterday, […]


Memorial Service Homily for John Ellis Allen

Matthew 5:1-12     April 20, 2019   These verses, which John’s family chose for this service, are beloved by many.  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  The words in this passage are like a formula.  Jesus speaks the words, “Blessed are” nine times.  They are beautiful words.  However, […]


Proclamations by Lutheran Student Association Members

Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Fourth Sunday in Lent     March 31, 2019   I. Elizabeth Acors, a junior, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Biochemistry               I’ve always been a very involved person my whole life, and I blame my mom and sister.  They are so involved and its inspiring […]


Being Faithful: False Self-Denial

Luke 13:31-35     Second Sunday in Lent     March 17, 2019   Jesus is in big trouble. You can understand why he would be.  Since his first public pronouncements, nearly everything he’s said has made someone upset and angry.  Do you want some examples? Listen to the gospel passage we read in Sunday morning worship, seven […]