|Autobiography:||My name is Pastor Megan Crouch and I am the current Associate Pastor at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church with a focus on youth and family ministries. I was ordained in May of 2009 and have been serving at St. Andrews since October of 2009. I attended Seminary at Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and before that I studied English and History at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie MI. I am very passionate about youth ministry, Christian education, social justice, and staying connected to the greater church through participating in conference, synod, and church wide events.|
I tend to my continuing education in two ways. One is by trying to regularly attend text study and convocations held in my conference and synod. This encourages me to think about new ideas, stay connected, and to try out new resources for my own learning. Currently I am reading (and loving) The Godbearing life by Kenda Creasy Dean and Ron Foster which I found at a book sale at the synod assembly. The other way I work on my continuing education is going on one of the annual trips our synod makes to Honduras every year. These trips often include helping to host and participating in workshops with church leaders from the worshiping communities in Honduras, as well as opportunities to work with our brothers and sisters there on issues of social justice. I have gone the past two years and have plans to go again this fall. This trip both inspires and rejuvenates me, and each time I come back with new ideas, new stories, and a new perspective of what it means to be a Pastor.
I try to be involved with the greater Grand Rapids Community, and am able to do so to some extent through my work at the church. Working with youth and young families keeps me in the loop about community events such as parades, dance shows, marching band competitions, and sports events that I try to attend to show my support for our young people. I have also spoken on several occasions about mental health and sharing the story of my own struggle with OCD with teachers, mental health workers, students, and people who have had legal trouble and are trying to turn their lives around. I also hear 5th steps for people at the Northland Recovery Center.
In my free time I enjoying kayaking, reading, watching movies and listening to music, swimming, and staying in touch with family and friends through social media. I am also very interested in learning new things, be it about mythology, other cultures, nature, or leaning a new skill like crocheting and canning.