When Catrina Hawkins-Bowles (left), pastor of St. John Stovertown Lutheran Church, Philo, Ohio, was ordained Nov. 18, she and her mother, Orinda Hawkins-Brinkley became the first mother-daughter African American pastors in the ELCA.
Hawkins-Brinkley, pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, a transformational ministry site in Columbus, Ohio, was ordained in 2001. Speech tournaments, plays, attending seminary classes with her mother, and asking questions prepared Hawkins-Bowles for ordained ministry.
“God formed me and did the details. He prepared me for this,” the daughter said. She said people are surprised when she tells them she and her mother are a “first” in the ELCA. “They didn’t realize this hadn’t been accomplished yet,” she said. “My mother has been setting the way, paving the way. It seems as if I’m just walking in her footsteps.”
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