Pastor Emily Rova-Hegener
Pastor Emily graduated from Luther Seminary in 1999 and was ordained in
2001. She was called as an Associate Pastor to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids in 2001; to the Silverdale Lutheran Church in Silverdale, WA as an Associate Pastor in 2003 and then to the United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth, MN as a Co-Pastor from 2006 - 2015.
These past four years, Pastor Emily has been teaching at the Oslo International School while her husband, Pastor Joel Rova- Hegener served out his call to the American Lutheran Church in Oslo, Norway. Pastors Emily and Joel have two sons; Nestor age 15 and Johan age 13.
While in Norway, Pastor Emily kept her preaching skills sharp by preaching sermons for the A.L.C., as well as leading retreats and participating in weekly fellowship opportunities afforded by the Norwegian church in outreach to refugees and immigrants. She served on the board of the Association of International Congregations in Europe and the Middle East as vice president and president. In those roles she was able to pursue her passion regarding connecting through conversation with our global brothers and sisters and raise awareness of how we can share the Gospel in a world which
is less about religion and faith and becoming more and more secular.
Pastor Emily is a Minnesota native and still has deep family ties located throughout the state of Minnesota. She is an outdoor enthusiast and is looking forward to settling in St Paul and accessing the wonderful parks and trails St. Paul has to offer. She is excited to work with St. Luke & St. Mark as we continue our friendship and deepen our shared ministry experiences.