|Autobiography:||As a daughter of two Lutheran pastors, Rodney and Nancy Maeker, I was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonewall, Texas, and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. I graduated from Skyline High School in 1988 in Dallas, Texas, where my parents were pastors of Faith Community Lutheran Church, a predominantly African-American congregation in South Oak Cliff. In 1992, I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and International Studies from Texas Lutheran University.|
In August 1997, I received a Master of Arts Degree in Islamic Studies and a Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. My seminary internship was spent in the Middle East at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and at Christmas Lutheran Church and the International Center in Bethlehem.
After graduation, I married Mark, who was at that time Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at New Hope Lutheran Church in Missouri City. Awaiting my first call, I served as part-time Interim Pastor at the University of Minnesota's Lutheran Campus Ministry; at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas; and at Living Word Lutheran Church, Katy, Texas. I also taught Theology part-time at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. In 1999, I was called to Christ the King Lutheran Church as Associate Pastor and Campus Minister.
After the birth of our first child, Mark and I decided to move back to Minnesota to be closer to family. My mother, Nancy Maeker, is the Director of A Minnesota Without Poverty and formerly the Dean of Luther Seminary. My father, Rodney Maeker, was the Director of Cross-cultural Education at Luther.
After my husband received a call to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, I was called to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in March 2005 as Pastor of Faith Formation which included Junior High and Adult Ministries. Recently, Bethlehem went through a restructuring as part of the new vision to Connect People with God, Each Other, and their Mission in the World. Now my call is as Pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach which oversees group ministries, care ministries, and global and local mission partnerships. Part of my call includes being a Doctor of Ministry student in the Congregational Mission and Leadership Program at Luther Seminary.
I continue to be involved in supporting Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem by serving as an Area Representative for Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a US-based non-profit which supports the ministries of the church with Pastor Mitri Raheb. My husband, Mark, is now the Executive Director of Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry. We have two children, Nathan (10 years old) and Jacob (6 years old). Both attend Xin Xing Academy, a Chinese Immersion School, and we live in Hopkins, Minnesota.