Pastor Pamela Hunter retired Oct. 1, 2020, while serving at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Forks. COVID-19 restrictions prevented the large community sing that she wanted so much, but friends and colleagues have found ways to share their good wishes for her retired life.
Pastor Hunter attended Pacific Lutheran University and Westminster Choir College, graduating from PLU in 1977 with a degree in music (voice and history of sacred music). Pastor Hunter then studied at the Episcopal Divinity School and the Longy School of Music. and was ordained in 1986 in New England Synod. She received her first call as pastor to Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peace in Rochester, Massachusetts in 1986. She served in several other churches and assignments before coming to Forks.
Pastor Hunter came to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Forks in 2005, serving this congregation for 15 years.
She was always observant of community needs and looked for ways to ensure a Lutheran presence. She started and directed the Forks Community Children’s Choir for several years, led Vacation Bible School for 12 years, was an active participant with three Habitat for Humanity housing projects, supported the Forks Food Bank, was a member of Forks Chamber of Commerce, was involved with Clallam County United Way for six years, and served as a volunteer Hospital Chaplain in rotation with other community clergy.
During this same time, Pastor Hunter provided worship leadership at St. Swithins Episcopal Church twice a month. In 2019, when Prince of Peace Lutheran Church needed to reduce to a ½-time pastor, Pastor Hunter reached out and became a part-time pastor as well at the Clallam Bay Presbyterian Church.
Pastor Hunter is keeping busy during retirement, enjoying more time with her husband, children and grandchildren, as well as music, calligraphy, bookbinding, marbling, and baking. Pastor Pam and John Hunter have remained in Forks, and Pastor Pam continues to serve as half-time pastor for Clallam Bay Presbyterian Church.