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                   Installation Celebration of
                       Pastor Gija Galins
         Sunday June 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM

              St. John's Latvian Lutheran Church
                301 N. Newtown Street Road
                    Newtown Square, PA

The Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John welcomes our new pastor Gija Galins.

Pastor Gija began to serve the congregation on April 1, 2021 with her first service being held on Easter Sunday, 2021. With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, Gija Galins joins the congregation with anticipation and love of God. 

Pastor Gija Galins most recently served the Latvian Lutheran Church of Lincoln, NE from 2015 to 2021 with previous service at Latvian congregations in Takoma WA, and Oregon. She started her pastoral journey in Latvia serving congregations in Madliene and Zaube.

Pastor Gija Galins earned her Master's degree from Seattle University in Pastoral Counseling. She holds two Bachelor's degrees, one in Theology from the University of Latvia, and a second from the Art Institute of Portland, OR. Additionally, she has completed certification in clinical pastoral education and has pursued coursework at Creighton University.

The Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John welcomes Pastor Gija as she shares her skills, interests and life experiences as she does God's work.