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!

We’ve Entered “Ordinary Time”

It’s the end of the year.  The campuses at William and Mary and other universities have emptied out.  Seniors have graduated.  Soon, it’ll be time for high schools to graduate their seniors.   Underclass students are pursuing summer internships and jobs.  What year has ended?  It’s the academic year, of course. We keep track of several […]

God Comes Into the World as Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:14-17, 22-27     Pentecost     May 15, 2016   When a baby’s going to come, she’s going to come!  Right? Hopefully, the parents are ready to respond.  Hopefully, the parents are prepared for what’s happening because they’ve received pre-childbirth instruction.  Hopefully they have some things packed for an overnight stay in the […]

Milestone Musings

For 13 years I have been your pastor, and for two years I have been one of your pastors: 15 years serving St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Virginia!  I can only think of one pastor in the Virginia Synod who has been in place longer, and only one in all the congregations of our […]

What Does Jesus Model in This Age of Donald Trump?

John 13:1-17, 31b-35     Maundy Thursday, 2016     March 24, 2016                We live, surrounded by what makes for death. When American candidates for president promote racism and hatred, violence and division, they are encouraging what makes for death.  Did you know that the Jewish king, Herod, ruled his people in the same way […]