Tuesday, December 12, 2017
“Love and serve your neighbor.”
That was the theme growing up in the Werner household, but Pat Savage didn’t realize at first how that call would shape her life’s path.
At the center of the Werner family was Pat’s mother— Margaret. Margaret was a passionate Lutheran who instilled the values of faith, family and service in her family.
She was an involved in the local congregation, organized fundraisers for the high school band and founded a local Campfire Girls troupe. And as a young girl observing her mother’s leadership roles and her commitment to serving the community Pat found the inspiration for her future career.
After completing degrees in Psychology and Social Work Pat was called to work in community mental health. In the early days of her career she met the late Reverend Dr. John Brndjar the former President and CEO of Lutheran Welfare Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania. John’s work establishing Hospice St. John—the first Lutheran-sponsored U.S. hospice for persons suffering terminal illnesses—was a source of great inspiration for Pat. John’s encouragement provided the spark for Pat to dedicate her career to serving others through Lutheran social ministry.
Pat eventually became the CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries and through that role was connected to Lutheran Services in America. Pat later became chair of the Lutheran Services in America Board—a role she considers one of the highlights of her career. As Board Chair Pat gained a new perspective and appreciation for the value of the Lutheran Services in America network.
“The collective impact of the Lutheran Services in America network combined with our ability to use our collective voice to advocate on behalf of the people and communities we serve is unmatched,” said Pat. “This is why I support Lutheran Services in America—because collectively the power to influence and spark change is immense.”
Pat’s career, her dedication to Lutheran Services in America and to Lutheran social ministry echo those lessons her mother instilled in her many years ago.
Please consider joining Pat in supporting Lutheran Services in America this holiday season.