A Message From Our Pastor
Trinity Christian UCC Skippack is pleased to welcome Rev. Wanda Schwandt, our Interim Pastor, as of May 1, 2017. During the time that the Search Committee undertakes their task of recommending a permanent pastor for our congregation, Pastor Wanda will be leading us on our spiritual journey as a congregation.
Here is a brief autobiographical sketch provided by Pastor Wanda:
Rev. Wanda Schwandt, M. Div.
From her earliest memories, the Reverend Wanda Schwandt has always sensed the companionship of a Loving God traveling with her. She was blessed to be born into a family who loved and worshiped God and made God a part of every family celebration. She grew up with the members of Trinity United Church of Christ, Telford, PA as her extended family. When Wanda felt led to create Lenten Quiet Prayer booklets, the members of Trinity encouraged and supported her efforts.
Wanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics: Clothing Design and Textile Science. She then married her high school sweetheart. They have been married for over 33 years. They built their home on an acre of the family property. Mark is an electronic design engineer, my computer guru, and an all-around loveable kind of guy. They love to travel together and go to the movies. Their 2 adult children, a Son-in-law, and two wonderful grandchildren under one roof accompanied by fur babies – 3 dogs, 1 inside and 1 outside cat, 2 ferrets, and a rabbit. It can get a bit loud and chaotic but there is also a lot of love and laughter.
From an early age, Wanda has enjoyed writing. She started journaling in second grade and still has every one. In elementary school, she experimented with writing plays, poems and mystery stories for her friends. When her children were young, she wrote small freelance articles and devotions published in The Secret Place, Pray!, Today’s Christian Woman, DevoZine, RevWriter,and several online publications.
A graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Wanda is a trained Spiritual Companion (Director). She was ordained by the United Church of Christ, and served as Pastor of Zion's Red Church (UCC/ELCA), Orwigsburg, PA for 10 years. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Spiritual Life Mission Team of the PA Southeast Conference, UCC.
Wanda has been a teacher and leader for more than 30 years. By leading contemplative prayer groups and retreats, Wanda invites participants into quiet practices, sacred surprises and meaningful worship that encourage intimacy with the Lover of our souls. In ministry, her passion is offering creative prayer practices and sensory worship experiences where people of all ages can connect with each other and with our living, loving God! I also love mentoring young women for boosting self-esteem and developing emotional intelligence.