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Reverend Lia Claire Scholl has been named Senior Pastor at Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Lia Scholl

Lia Scholl

Scholl most recently served as Pastor at the Gateway Community Church in Bali, Indonesia. She also served as Senior Pastor of the Richmond Mennonite Fellowship in Richmond, Va., the Minister for Congregational Development at Ravensworth Baptist Church in Annandale, Va., and the Minister of Education at Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

In every church, Alabama to Bali, Lia led the congregation in spiritual and membership growth. Carolyn Shields, who grew up in our church and is now a member at Ravensworth, said: “She did a wonderful job of attracting new members of all walks of life—including LGBT, whom she really made feel at home in the church. She brought many new, especially younger, people into the church.” Lia holds the BA and MDiv from Samford University. Lia Scholl leading prayer in Bali, Indonesia

Authorship: Two books published by Chalice Press, who also published our hymnal.
Advent Devotional: Partners in Prayer (2011), a look at all the ways that incarnation can become real in the daily lives of individuals; and

I Heart Sex Workers: a Christian Response to People in the Sex Trade (2013). This book arose from Lia’s earlier volunteer work as founder and director of Starlight Ministries from 2001-2009, as described on NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17495976

References: All, whether listed by her or discovered by us, were unreservedly highly enthusiastic.

Amy Butler, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and newly called as senior pastor of Riverside Church in New York City: She does not have a single issue that she wants to address from the pulpit, except the Gospel. . . wants to use the pulpit to inspire and lead a loving community. . . wise, mature, easily accessible and intuitive; my finest colleague in ministry.

Rebecca Ben-Gideon, rabbi in Fairfax, Va: She is my Bible study partner, as in Jewish tradition. . . I feel like Lia is my pastor. I can imagine her connecting with students where they are such as in a coffee house on campus. . . Lia could grow the church by being so attractive to people she meets.

What Lia Told Us: Before a church can grow, its members must love each other. I would look forward to walking beside you in the journey. And I hope this is my last congregation until retirement! (Lia is 46).

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