Who I Am

Forgive My Mess …

There should be bright orange signs all over this site warning you of the hazards of new construction points.  However, I don’t know how to post orange signs, so I’ll just ask that you be patient with me as I continue to build this site.  I’m learning.  And I’m playing, too.  And I’m open to suggestions.  Let me know what would be helpful for you.

Who am I?

I am Kay Richter. I am a curious Christian.  I am a pastor ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  I am serving the New Evangelical Lutheran Parish in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The Parish is made up of First Lutheran (Ewen), Our Saviour Lutheran (Paynesville), and Trinity Lutheran (Trout Creek). I am a Reiki Master.  I have been an instructor and member of the Coordinating Team for the Eastern Lay School of Ministry of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin. I create jewelry with wire and beads and loose stones.  I make scrapbooks and write short stories (fiction, mostly).

And I’m curious about everything.  At the moment, I’m learning more about…

  • Creating websites and blogs!
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Spirituality – a broad and wide-ranging topic with many side roads and interesting paths to follow
  • Faith formation, especially for people who don’t have a church background like mine
  • Making prayer beads and creating mandalas as a prayer aide

A bit of history — I grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, so I claim my Yooper identity, even though I was actually born in Connecticut.  I am enjoying being back “home” in the U.P.  I graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in English (creative writing) and I also accidentally completed a major in Classical Studies (Greek, Ancient History, etc.).  I received my Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  I also worked on a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University, but my adviser and I couldn’t agree on what the dissertation should look like, so that was never completed.

Welcome to my website.  I hope you enjoy wandering through the mess with me.