Address:106 Osage Avenue, Bismarck, ND
Pastor Pam Power
Associate Pastor of Congregational Life & Pastoral Care
Pastor Pam joined the staff at Good Shepherd in July 2014. She has a diverse background of work and life experiences. She grew up in New York, working in a variety of jobs, including customer service at a life insurance company and as an EMT. She then moved to Columbus, OH in 2001 where she worked as an IT Trainer.
It was in Columbus that she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Capital University, then went on to Trinity Lutheran Seminary where she graduated in 2009. Pastor Pam was ordained in June 2009 and served a congregation as a solo pastor outside Pittsburgh PA for four years.
Pastor Pam is a widow, losing her husband of ten years in February 2014. “I think all of the struggles I went through with my husband’s long illness and experiences in hospitals and nursing homes makes me so much more empathetic to people who are struggling with health issues, and especially with caregivers of those who are ill.”
She also serves as a volunteer chaplain for the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department where she is able to ride along with officers once a month. She also is called on to go with officers on death notifications, and whenever there is a suicide in the community to be a support for the family.
Pastor Pam has a son Matthew who was born in 2006. “He brings me great joy (and some frustration!), and we love to play outside and with our dog Bear, who joined our family in September 2016. I also love to read – usually two or three books at the same time,”
Pastor Pam married Chas Lawson on January 9, 2015. Chas works as a carpenter and general foreman in the construction industry. He travels quite a bit for his job, and is always in high demand. They enjoy cheering for Matthew at his basketball games and doing things as a family.