The Rev. Cheryl Lamaak graduated in May 2007 from Wartburg Theological Seminary (WTS) in Dubuque, IA. From June 2007 to January 2010, she served as a solo pastor at Elim Lutheran in Marquette, KS and served on the synod leadership team as chair of Youth Ministries. Pr. Lamaak also served as the chair of the Ministerial Alliance.
Since February 2010 to the present, Pr. Lamaak has been serving as associate pastor at Christ Lutheran in Georgetown, TX. Areas of focus have been on preaching and teaching Word and Sacrament, connecting church and community especially within areas of social justice, interacting with multiple generations, evangelism and outreach, worship life, and youth and family ministry. Pr. Lamaak was also appointed dean to the Capital North Conference by Bishop Tiemann; chaired a synod assembly; and has participated in and held office in the Georgetown Ministerial Alliance (GMA). While with the GMA, she grew and oversaw the community Thanksgiving meal for three years.
Prior to seminary, Pr. Lamaak graduated from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, IA with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and minors in psychology and sociology. During college, she worked in residential treatment and group home care as well as a court ordered supervisor for high-risk visitation cases. She volunteered at Lutheran Social Services in Iowa as a facilitator for a children’s adoptive support group and involved in campus organizations like the Social Work Organization, campus ministry, and Amnesty International.
After college, she served Lutheran Social Service of Illinois for 2 years as a Child Welfare Specialist within the kinship foster care division in Chicago, IL. She returned to Cedar Rapids, IA to work for Lutheran Social Services in Iowa as a caseworker and provided in-home, traditional and specialized foster care, gang assessment, and adoptive services.
Later, Pr. Lamaak felt called by God to work within the church as a Director of Youth and Family Ministries at St. Stephen’s Lutheran in Cedar Rapids, IA and Faith Lutheran in Cedarburg, WI. This work allowed her to engage with many generations while continuing to explore the Gospel’s call to social justice and helping to make connections between home, church, and community.
In 2002, Pr. Lamaak entered seminary and had the honor of being selected to participate in WTS’s student exchange program with the Augustana Hochshule in Neuendettelsau, Germany. In January 2005, Pr. Lamaak returned to Germany via the generosity of two patrons to the seminary and to live and work with the Evangelishches Augustinerkloster in Erfurt for her J-Term. This was especially meaningful as it was the site in which Martin Luther lived and celebrated his first Mass.
Shortly after returning from Erfurt, Pr. Lamaak was one of seven ELCA seminarians to be selected to serve her internship through Global Mission. She served as interim pastor at the American Church in Berlin for one year and witnessed first-hand the amazing diversity and richness of the body of Christ in this international, ecumenical church.
In April 2016, Pr. Lamaak adopted her sons, Jay (age 8) and Alfredo aka AJ (age 7). She has been a foster parent with Upbring (formerly Lutheran Social Services of the South) since 2013. Pr. Lamaak enjoys reading, movies, being with friends and family, good food, going for walks, yoga, and enjoying quiet moments whenever possible. Jay enjoys art, music, basketball, soccer, and swimming. AJ enjoys American Ninjutsu, basketball, soccer, art, music, swimming, archery, and being in front and behind a camera. Both boys enjoyed attending their first summer camp last year.