First thing in the morning, Lynette Janssen
teacher's hat, then at mid-morning, she
switches to her Ralston United Church of Christ pastor's hat
.Janssen wears lots of hats.She's
a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a golfer and the captain of a chain gang.A chain gang?
On Saturdays, Lynette
heads up an all-female chain gang on the sidelines for the Papillion-La Vista South freshmen and Junior Varsity football games.She's
been doing this for 12 years.
Always striving to build relationships, she
said, "I enjoy doing it and it gives me an opportunity to see students in different ways."
recently took over as RUCC pastor, Lynette Janssen
has come full circle.While she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during the late 1960s and early 70s, she worked part-time at Ralston Bank.
Nearly 40 years later, she's
back in Ralston - this time as pastor at Ralston United Church of Christ
A pert, tiny lady, Janssen
, who describes herself as a "type A personality" Janssen
has assumed her
pastoral duties with great zeal.
"I'm really excited.We're starting our circles, our youth program and Bible study, and we're looking to gain more members," she
said."This is such a warm, welcoming church and it feels like home."
How did she
get in the business of being a pastor?
"About six and a half years ago, our minister was ill and I stepped in as a lay assistant," she
said, "and because of that experience, I went on and took some core classes and electives to become a Pastoral Minister Associate." She served at Otoe, Neb. every other week and came to RUCC to help.
was offered a part-time position at RUCC
quickly accepted it.
Having sung in the church choir since she
was in the ninth grade, Janssen
is excited about RUCC's
music program."The music program here is just awesome," she