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!


God’s Kingdom — Rejoicing! Feasting! Abundance!

John 2:1-11     Second Sunday after Epiphany     January 20, 2019   “On the third day”: that’s how the gospel reading begins this morning.  (This is the third day after Jesus called Philip and Nathanael to follow him, but you and I know how important that phrase is, since the resurrection will happen on the third […]


Focus, People! Focus!

Luke 21:25-36     First Sunday of Advent     December 2, 2018   I love Advent!  Do you know why?  It’s because now is when we are most weird, compared with what’s going on outside the liturgical world.  Out there, more than a month ago, as soon as the Halloween displays came down, the Christmas displays went […]


Baptized Into a New Heaven and a New Earth

Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 21:1-6; John 11:32-44 All Saints’ Sunday     November 4, 2018   “Jesus began to weep.”  Is this the single most moving verse in all the Bible?  How good it is to have this morning’s gospel reading for All Saints’ Sunday – to be reminded that, in Jesus, God is with us, intimately; […]