Rev Lori Pilatzke is the pastor with the people of St David Anglican Lutheran Church here in Orillia, ON. Born and raised in Pembroke, ON, Lori went on to a career in Radio Broadcasting and Marketing and Public Relations which truly comes in handy! A graduate of Wilfred Laurier University, Lori received her Masters of Divinity degree from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo ON and has served the Lutheran congregations of St Luke’s, Ridgeway, ON and Good Shepherd Church, Brockville, ON.
After marrying her partner in 2010, Lori was forced to take a leave and had to decide whether to walk away from the church or stay. Knowing not everyone is always welcome in the church, Lori decided to return to serve with the amazing people at St David, because they truly were a faith community who welcomes all.
Pastor Lori’s heart seeks to see Christ in others and her passion for others whom society has mistreated and dismissed is at the core of her preaching God’s Word. In a time when faith communities are not always valued, Pastor Lori works tirelessly to remind others they are beloved. She is known for always saying, “The church is the people - NOT the building!” Pastor Lori loves her work and loves God’s people.
Lori and her wife Jen, along with their dog Luna, love living and serving the whole community of Orillia. If you ever have questions or merely need someone to remind you, You Are Loved, Lori can be reached at [email protected].