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A high-energy Lutheran pastor ministers in mostly Moravian and Catholic Suriname

Wherever we went in Suriname, they knew her and called out in a loving manner, "Dominee," which means "pastor." Lucretia van Ommeren, the young single daughter of a lay preacher, is the first and only female Lutheran pastor in Paramaribo, Suriname's capital. She drives fast and works hard in a country with two major Christian denominations: Moravian Brethren and Roman Catholic.


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