Author Archives : Pastor Andy Ballentine


About Pastor Andy Ballentine

Pastor Andy Ballentine retired in July 2019 after 40 years of ordained ministry. He loved serving as 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!


Are You a “Martha” or a “Mary?” When You Practice the Faith, You’re Both!

Luke 10:38-42     Lectionary 16     Sixth Sunday after Pentecost     July 21, 2019   When a pastor leaves a congregation, he can no longer influence it.  So, I figure this is my last shot! I am so thankful that the Spirit called me to serve this congregation back in 2001.  When I was given time to […]


Patriotism, the Bible, and Citizenship

The bunting is out all over town.  Flags are waving.  I love July 4 in Williamsburg.  Nearly every year I go down to Duke of Gloucester Street to hear an interpreter read the Declaration of Independence.  What a thrilling experience!   When do you feel most patriotic?  For me, it’s when I’m entering my assigned […]


We Are Set Free — To Love Each Other in Community

Galatians 5:1, 13-25     Lectionary 13     Third Sunday after Pentecost     June 30, 2019   You don’t hear many “Thou shalt nots” in a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  That’s because we are so Biblical! (All churches say they’re “Biblical!”  What that means, for us in the ELCA, is that we interpret […]


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, […]