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Living by faith

Highland Springs welcomes new pastoral ministries coordinator

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May 21st, 2014
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Dallas native Jamie Bruning was in high school when she felt her first tug into ministry.

“I attended a magnet school for health professions,” she says. “But toward the end of my senior year, I began to feel a call toward ministry.”

Bruning majored in theology at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Tex., and went on to attend Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

“The cold Minnesota winters were a shock,” says Bruning. “But on a positive note, I met my husband Todd while we were both in seminary.”

The newlyweds graduated in 1997 and were ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

“Todd and I were both called to churches in Michigan,” says Bruning. “I led a rural Danish congregation of mostly older adults. I learned as much from them as they did from me.”

In 1997, the couple returned to Texas when Todd was called to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Plano.

“I stayed home for a few years when our son Nikhil was born,” says Bruning. “Then I learned about Highland Springs.”

A community growing in faith

Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas, was looking for a pastoral ministries coordinator in late 2013.

“The job at Highland Springs appealed to me because it was something new and fascinating,” says Jamie. “From my time in Michigan, I already knew that I liked working with seniors. For many of them, their faith has grown stronger over the years.”

Her first day on the job was December 11, 2013. As pastoral ministries coordinator, she oversees the faith and volunteer programs at the North Dallas community.

“We have chapel every Tuesday evening, and Catholic and Episcopal communions once a month,” says Bruning. “We also have several weekly Bible studies. I lead a contemplative Bible study, while the rest of the Bible studies are resident-led.”

She says the diverse faith backgrounds represented among the residents make Highland Springs unique.

“We have residents from all walks of life, including a number of retired clergy,” she says. “There are so many faith traditions represented, but residents are open and willing to learn from each other. That’s what makes our community special.”