Archive for Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Face to Face: Basehor pastor Amy Lippoldt

The Rev. Amy Lippoldt, new pastor at Basehor United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Amy Lippoldt, new pastor at Basehor United Methodist Church.

August 12, 2015

Name: Rev. Amy Lippoldt

Birthplace: Wichita

Family: Parents and a brother

Occupation: Pastor, Basehor United Methodist Church

Dream job as a child: Lippoldt says she doesn’t remember having any particular aspiration.

“I have no idea what I told adults when they asked me that,” she said. “I didn’t have any long-nurtured dream that I gave up to go to seminary.”

Hobbies: Lippoldt enjoys riding her bicycle, running, hiking and camping. She said she also is a big Kansas University fan.

Digging deeper: Lippold was working for Habitat for Humanity as an Americorps volunteer when she decided she wanted to go to seminary.

“I really loved building houses for people, but I decided there was something missing around me, and that something missing was a community of faith,” she said.

Lippoldt attended Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, but she said she didn’t commit to becoming a pastor and leading a community church until she was almost done with her schooling.

She said in her case, had she been forced right away to accept the idea of becoming a community pastor right away, she likely would have said “no.” Instead, Lippoldt said she grew into the idea, taking on the different facets of being a pastor in small steps.

“I think God works with people the way they need Him to,” she said. “ ... I appreciate God’s flexibility in making me say ‘yes’ only a little piece at a time.”

Lippoldt is now in her 14th year in ministry and most recently served as a minister in Newton. She started at Basehor United Methodist on July 1.

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