The Venerable Pam Gossard
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 10 (Sermon July 15, 2018)
I am married to Paul and together we have a son Daniel, daughter-in-law Becky, and three beautiful and brilliant grandchildren.
There have been several calls in my life. First was a call to faith where I was baptized by immersion at the age of ten. The next call led to a lively and wonderful thirty plus year career as an educator. The call to the diaconate came into focus after I started to attend Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka. Formation for this call has taken me many places including an internship at the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center, fieldwork at St. Alban’s in Arcata, and three years attending the School for Deacons in Berkeley.
The time at the School for Deacons was a spirited combination of academics, liturgy practicum, fieldwork experience, and ministry but the greatest takeaway of the school has been the gift of community. The support and encouragement of the faculty and my classmates cannot be overstated and it is my hope that we will continue to listen, push, confide, encourage, and stir each other in our present and future ministries.
Recent ministries for me include Music and Arts Camps for underserved school aged children in our community, events for children in foster care, and food pick-up at a local hospital for distribution to the homeless.
In November 2017 at our Diocesan Convention, I was appointed to serve as one of two Archdeacons in our diocese. Along with Gary Brown, our task as Archdeacons is to assist the Bishop in growing the diaconate, help in the care of the forty plus deacons in our diocese, provide leadership, and facilitate continuing development.
I truly value the unique privilege of serving at Christ Church with fellow deacon, Anne Pierson. Together we are excited to bring back news to the church of what is happening in and around Eureka and are ready and willing to listen and support the parish as it reaches out to our community.