The Rev. Dr. Beverly Aurand served as the Interim Pastor from May 2015 until she was called to serve as the Pastor starting in May 2016 for the Peak Springhill Parish.
Pastor Beverly received her MDiv from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA in 1982 and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in January 1983. She served as Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, PA and as a Campus Pastor for the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Prior to going to seminary she served as the Director of Christian Education at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, as well as serving as a camp counselor, camp cook, and dental assistant.
When not serving on Sunday mornings in her own church, she served as a supply pastor at numerous churches in Pittsburgh and South Carolina, including many years as the stated supply for a small church near her home and then as an interim pastor at a 2-point parish in Pittsburgh.
She helped to develop an after school program for at risk children and was the director at the original program which was later duplicated around the Pittsburgh area.
She later went on to earn a MEd from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling at the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute and worked as a psychotherapist at the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute for almost 10 years. She left that position to earn an MSW in 1997 and a PhD in Social Work, along with a Doctoral Certificate in Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. During that time she worked in the Continuing Education Office of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. She coordinated the Family Therapy Certificate Program and developed the Advanced Clinical Certificate; she was the senior program associate and coordinated the alumni conference.
Pastor Beverly moved to Newberry, SC in 2001 and served as the Campus Pastor at Newberry College until 2006. In 2007 she moved to Richmond, VA and for the next 7 years was a professor of Social Work at Virginia Union University. In 2014 she returned to Newberry, and continues to live there with her husband, the Rev. Charles Aurand, who serves as pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence in York, SC. They were married in 1981 and now have 2 cats, 2 grand-cats and a grand-bunny. She loves to crochet, quilt, sew and do counted cross stitch, and to read and go camping and she is trying to love exercising.
Pastor Beverly and Pastor Charles have 2 grown daughters: Hannah graduated from Newberry College and is living in Germany with her husband, who is stationed there with the Air Force; Lydia graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University and is living in Minneapolis, MN where she works with adults who have mental disabilities to help them to live independently. Pastor Beverly’s family has lived in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota since 1972. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in an interdepartmental honors program that combined physics, math, philosophy and humanities. Her intention when she started college was to become a rocket scientist, until she heard God call her in a different direction; she has followed God’s call which has led her to gratefully accept the call to serve as the Pastor at this parish.