The Rev. Dr. Beth Spitzner Neubauer
Pastor Beth Neubauer preached her first sermon from behind her grandmother’s stairway banister when she was three-years-old. Her extended family thought she was cute and never told her that women were not yet serving as pastors in their Lutheran denomination! That changed while she was a rising college junior, and the rest is history!
Pastor Beth graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA (now part of United Seminary) with her Masters of Divinity in May, 1976 and was ordained later that month—still one of the first forty women to be ordained in the Lutheran Church in America. Her 40+ years of parish ministry included pastorates in rural Maryland and in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She also served as a chaplain at Gettysburg College and as a chaplain with the US Army Reserve National Guard, Washington, DC. Pastor Beth earned a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family at Palmer Seminary--the Divinity School of Eastern University—and served as adjunct staff at Gettysburg Seminary and as an adjunct professor at Palmer Seminary. She is the proud mother of four adults--three sons and a daughter--and the grandmother of five —with two more grandbabies due in the spring of 2023! Having retired to
Myrtle Beach in 2017, Pastor Beth enjoys spending free time traveling, cycling, playing pickleball and boardgames, and rooting on the Minor League Pelicans!
“Grace at the Cross” is Pastor Beth’s first Interim Ministry. She is treasuring this time, getting to know both the people and the area. Her prayerful desire is to share the good news of Jesus’ love while helping Amazing Grace and Crossroads prepare to call a new pastor and begin their next chapter as Christ’s Church in this time and place.