"Every community has needs," Dohrmann said.
As this is her first charge as a minister, Dohrmann said she has trusted the Holy Spirit to guide her. She has put her faith in God's hands as she prepares to lead this relatively young church. (Good Shepherd as a church is 27 years old, compared to others that have existed for over 100 years.)
"It really is having faith God is in the process, directing and guiding," Dohrmann said.
She is eager to bring people in who don't have a church home. Her ministry will be centered on God's grace, forgiveness and love. Dohrmann is excited to be a part of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Knoxville, and welcomes the opportunity to walk with people in their faith journeys. Though the ELCA followed a process, entering the ministry and coming to Knoxville all involve a call from God.
"It's hard to describe a call from God," Dohrmann said. She said she has been guided by a quote from Frederick Buechner of "Wishful Thinking." Buechner wrote, "The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."
Dohrmann has been so busy studying for her new role that she says she has forgotten how to have fun. Being a mother also means that most of her fun, family activities have centered around her children's activities. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing cards, taking bike rides and going on walks.
Following her son's graduation, she is eager to move to Knoxville, to become an even bigger part of the community.