Rev. Monica Weber earned a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School, receiving the John Olin Knott Award for scholarly writing in Biblical studies; she completed her pastoral studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and earned a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Her experience as an ELCA pastor includes community garden ministry and administration of community feeding and shelter programs. A passionate believer in God’s grace for all people, she advocates for inclusivity and social justice; she’s also the proud mom of a son who shares her love of travel and immersion in world cultures.
Prior to ordination, Pastor Monica served as a hospice chaplain for Adoration Health, after ministering to military veterans at Vanderbilt University VA Hospital. She speaks several languages, and received a certificate in Hispanic Ministry training from Lutheran Seminary of the Southwest.
Before answering God’s call to vocational ministry, Pastor Monica earned a degree in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in advertising and global marketing. She has written and published several books and contributed articles for national and regional magazines and newspapers. Her hobbies include weaving and spending time with her faithful rescue dog Misha.
Pastor Monica was recently appointed to the Virginia Synod Council to serve a one-year term representing the Appalachian Conference Partnership, which includes the New River and Highlands conferences. Her term runs from July 2020 through June 2021. If you have an issue to bring before Virginia Synod Council, please email Pastor Monica (email@example.com).
Pastor Monica is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary’s Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction. As a certified Spiritual Director, Pastor Monica offers non-denominational guidance for persons seeking to develop or strengthen their relationship with the Divine. Spiritual Direction is a one-on-one conversation that pays attention to God’s presence.
What They Believe is a series of documentary interviews with religious leaders about their faith. Recently, Franklin Crawford sat down with Reverend Monica Weber to find out more about what led her to be a pastor, and her Lutheran faith. Watch the video to see what she had to say about why she became a pastor, what her favorite passage from scripture is, whether or not she thinks we are living in the end times, and so much more!