Lauren grew up in small town South Carolina with three wonderful sisters. After graduating from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, Lauren joined the PC(USA)'s Young Adult Volunteer program and spent a year teaching (and learning) at Icaciri Secondary School in rural Kenya. Lauren returned to the United States to pursue a Masters of Divinity degree at Columbia Theological Seminary where she had the opportunity to participate as a student in a number of formative ministries: as a resident volunteer with those who are homeless in Atlanta, as a year-long student minister with a vibrant congregation in Nairobi, and as a pastoral intern at Roswell Presbyterian Church. All of these experiences have made her passionate about sharing with others the abundant and joy-filled welcome that God has shared with us through Christ.
Lauren most recently served for four and a half years as an associate pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair in Montclair, NJ.
Lauren will be serving with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in capacity building and chaplaincy. She is particularly passionate about empowering women and girls from marginalized communities to become all God has created them to be.
To donate by check to Lauren's Support:
Make checks payable to The Antioch Partners, write “Scharstein Support”on memo line and mail to:
7132 Portland Ave., Suite 136
Richfield, MN, 55423