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Meet our new Bridge Pastor, Rev. Bonnie Lanyi

After Pastor Ruth’s retirement a bridge pastor was appointed to help in the time until Pastor Rich arrives in late January 2024. Here is a short note from Pastor Bonnie:

I’m so looking forward to serving with you as you transition to your new pastor. This is a brief introduction to let you know a little bit about me. I am a baptized child of God, who is so grateful to God for many blessings. One blessing that I am especially grateful for is that I grew up in a family and in churches that taught the love and grace of God are for all. Each and every person has value and should be treated with respect and dignity.

Another special blessing is that I have been married to my best friend, David for 37 years. He graduated from Walton High School, and I graduated from Wheeler. We have three young adult children. Our first grandbaby is due to be born this spring. We love to hike, travel, read, cook and bake.

After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, I worked as an RN in hospitals and in the church. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was completed under the supervision of The Reverend Dr. Martha Rutland. After graduating from Luther Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, I was ordained as an ELCA pastor and called to serve a small congregation as a solo pastor. Several years later, I served a large congregation as an associate pastor.

Most recently, I served as the Interim Pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Douglasville for a year and a half as they prepared to call Pastor Jamie Witt. I completed the Interim Ministry Training from the Interim Ministry Network. It is an honor to accompany a congregation in times of transition.

That is a little snapshot of my story. I look forward to getting to know you and your story…starting with some time on December 6 at 6:00 pm during our Advent Dinner in the Gathering Room.

Pastor Bonnie Esther Lanyi

Resurrection Life: It’s a Journey

Resurrection Life is a new, ongoing series by LCR members sharing stories of resurrection from around our community. New stories are invited!

It’s a Journey

Dan Gilroy

A Journey is going from one place to another, usually of some distance. When going on a journey things are taken that will be needed. On this journey we take the gifts that God has packed for us!

To be part of the LCR leadership for many years has been a true Blessing. From council, council president, Men’s group, after school programs, Sunday school leader and Must Sunday Celebrations, I have been surrounded by fellow believers in our Lord and Savior.


All journeys must start somewhere and mine was no different, or maybe it was. When middle age, I was invited to a Men’s Breakfast Bible Study. When I got there I realized that I did not have or own a Bible. That changed quickly. The 2 years spent with those men set the foundation for what was to come.


What I learned in that time was the importance of building a relationship with other people through the Bible, discussing scripture, questioning, and learning

Two scriptures that lead my journey are Luke 10:25-41 “The Good Samaritan” and ”The Home of Martha and Mary.” The first says to go and do and the second says sit and listen.

Asked when to go and do, I was apprehensive, but it soon became a Blessing that was critical in my journey. Once having realized that God was with me and leading me, the rest of His direction became easier to respond yes.

In Exodus 4:10-13 Moses even questioned doing what God told him. Once Moses got started he could not be held back.


We all have different gifts as God has given us. Read 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 on ”Spiritual Gifts.”

1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied Grace.”

There was a simple example I heard one time: If my parents, when I was a child, gave me a gift and I never used it, they might wonder why and possibly be disappointed.


What are the gifts of LCR? What are our gifts? What are your gifts? We all have them! Maybe write them down (don’t be modest).

It is a blessing to share part of my journey and thoughts with you. I often wonder why He sent me to a Bible study (without a Bible).

In His Name,