Pastor Barb Rapp recently joined the Desert Hills Lutheran Church’s Pastoral Care Team. Through her position, she visits many members and friends in the area and “loves to hear peoples’ life stories and the lessons they have learned in living.” She finds it “an honor to bring Holy Communion to those unable to come to church and to pray with them.”
Pastor Barb was born and raised on a farm in East Central, Illinois, owned and operated a fast-food restaurant for 10 years in Milford, Illinois, and worked as a counselor at a rural mental health center in Dixon, Illinois for five years before attending seminary. She served three rural parishes for 18 years in Northwest Illinois, was Campus Pastor at Northern Illinois University for three years and served as Assistant to the Bishop of Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA for six years fulltime and eight more as a contracted employee while still serving a parish.
Pastor Barb has a master’s in counseling psychology, a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa), and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa). She plays golf and pickleball, reads, walks, and swims. She is a member of the Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Board of Directors and a member of AAUW. She also loves to travel and socialize.
Pastor Barb is single and happy. She has two cats, Felix and Lilly, and four honorary grandchildren who live with their parents in Minnesota.
We are glad Pastor Barb has joined the DHLC family.