our pastor & innovator
Rev. Alexa Eisenbarth began her time with Orting UMC on July 1, 2019. She was sent to us by the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church to pastor our congregation and to engage the community in creative expressions of faith and church.
Rev. Alexa Eisenbarth is from Kennewick, WA, went to college at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and is a recent graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary located just north of Chicago, IL. Alexa is passionate about dreaming up new ways to do church that are life-giving, especially those left out and disengaged from and by the church. Alexa loves to hear and tell good, true stories and she thinks yours is worth telling and worth listening to! Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find a time for coffee, cooking, walking, cross-stitching, or anything you love to do.
Alexa served as a congregational fellow for the Young Adult Initiative at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, studying and implementing a project at Gilead Church Chicago. You can read her reflections about how that influenced her understanding of Church Leadership in this essay: "The Posture of Trees: A Picture of Church Leadership" One of the projects that came out of this work, in an effort to combat young adult loneliness and lack of friendship
is IRLAF: In Real Life Adult Friendship Podcast. Alexa also led the development of the #MeToo Toolkit at The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of The United Methodist Church while serving as a student intern.