Pastor Caitlin Trussell
Born in Boston, raised in Pasadena, married a Nebraskan, and now in Denver for the past 20 years, Pastor Caitlin Trussell has covered a lot of ground literally as well as professionally, personally, and theologically. She was a Registered Nurse for 16 years, working in hospitals with families caring for children with cancer and then managing home hospice teams of RNs, Chaplains, Social Workers, and CNAs who supported families caring for dying loved ones at home. During that time, she received a Master’s in Nursing from UCLA as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatric Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Pain Management. She moved to Colorado and married Rob in 1995. Their family soon grew to include their two children.
Baptized through the Roman Catholic Church while living with her first father, then baptized again through the fundamentalist Christian tradition of her step-father, Pastor Caitlin spent about ten years as a religious refugee wondering if there was a place to hang her theological hat. When their children were born, Rob’s unscathed Lutheran memories, and Pastor Caitlin’s fond memories of older church ladies, drew the Trussells into a neighborhood Lutheran church.
Pastor Caitlin was captured by God’s love that is constant as we struggle with our flaws, doubt, and despair; and as we delight in life earnestly, ironically, and irreverently. The pastor there invited her to preach which instigated Rob and their congregation’s encouragement of her to become a pastor. By 2011, she completed her Master of Divinity degree at Iliff School of Theology which includes concurrent coursework at Luther Seminary.
The two-year wait for a congregational call found her speaking and teaching at church retreats; leading funerals and weddings by referral; and preaching for various Metro Denver congregations including New Beginnings Church within the walls of the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility which she is still doing intermittently.
A pastor of Augustana since February 2013, Pastor Caitlin preaches, teaches, and leads worship in addition to providing pastoral care and congregational leadership. She is grateful that God bestows grace in and through flawed people called the church and is grateful to be both a recipient and preacher of this grace with Augustana Lutheran Church—a group of people who live into this grace together by tethering into a rich worship tradition and free to figure out what it means to be people of faith in this place and time.