Christine Parham

Pastor Christine Parham

Pr. Christine grew up on Long Island, NY (please don’t hold that against her!). She attended—and graduated from—Princeton University earning a BA in English and met her future husband, Jim. They then spent a dozen years in the Chicago area while Jim completed a doctorate in music and Pr. Christine worked in advertising and taught elementary and middle school. They spent one year in St. Paul MN at Luther Seminary —where it is very cold—then moved to Columbia, SC to complete their seminary training at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) with an MDiv and ordinations in 1998. 

Pr. Christine’s calls include serving Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbia and the Lutheran Homes of SC at the Rice Estate, Lutheran Hospice, and the Lowman Home. She “Retired” from Lutheran Homes in 2016. Pr. Christine then served as Interim pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in Laurens and subsequently accepted a long, challenging Interim call (2020 to 2022) at Orangeburg Lutheran Church through the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Married to Pr. Jim Parham for 41 years, they have been blessed with a daughter, Chris, and a great son-in-law, James. We also have an overabundance of cats!