Morton Grove Pastor Honored with Parish Pastor of the Year Award

Recognized for Faithfulness, Leadership, and Ministry

Submitted by Judy Lucas, Morton Grove

The room was filled with pastors, a representative group from the 148 pastors who make up the Academy of Parish Pastors. They stood as one, honoring our Pastor Dominski whom they respect and admire; one to whom they point as a witness to Jesus, the Good Shepherd of the flock called the Church. With her customary grace and humility, Lolly accepted the 2015 Parish Pastor of the Year Award, thanking God for His many blessings on her, her beloved family, and her beloved church family. A service of thanksgiving followed and Pastor Dominski was asked to preach.

Rev. Lolly Dominski

Rev. Lolly Dominski

She chose the Good Shepherd text (John 10:11- 18) and as her voice rose, the passion she holds for the gift of ministry was evident. At the conclusion of the service the line was long as her colleagues came forward and one by one clasped her hand and hugged her. Lolly Dominski, among so many of her other qualities, is a true “pastor’s pastor” and she simply encourages the journeys of other pastors by her understanding, compassion, and shining example of what it means to be a servant of the Lord. It was quite a celebration of what Lolly insists is always and only to be honored: God’s abundant and sweet blessings on the people He calls His own.

The Parish Pastor of the Year Award, bestowed by the Academy of Parish Clergy, is given to one pastor each year who best exemplifies pastoral ministry. Every pastor, drawn from all Christian denominations and from all fifty states and some European countries, is eligible for consideration, and nominations come in from around the country. The Academy considers all nominations, does an extensive study of the pastors nominated, and selects one pastor, usually outside the Academy, who best meets the following standards: faithfulness, leadership, personal qualities and ministry to one’s own congregation. Lolly is only the fourth pastor in the Academy’s history who has been selected from within the Academy’s membership.

dominski awardThe church staff and members nominated Lolly as the 2015 Parish Pastor of the Year. At our request, Rev. Reynolds, executive presbyter, sent support for Lolly’s nomination expressing the Presbytery’s profound respect for the ministry she lovingly offers to Morton Grove, and for the leadership she offers to the denomination. The following are excerpts from his submission:

“Over the course of her fifteen years in ministry, she has led prayer groups and Bible studies, conducted services of healing and wholeness, initiated community outreach, and preached and celebrated the sacraments – all with a superb mix of careful research, sensitivity to persons and groups served, and with a thoughtful, compelling and transparent faith.

“She has vision, determination, and resilience, gifts which she imparts to members while serving together in common faith and purpose.”

Several members have already asked about tangible ways to express thanks for the ministry of Rev. Dominski. After some insistence, Lolly is allowing us to contribute to the installation of a stained glass window in our lovely sanctuary.

Church members have frequently said that they wish they had been in Baltimore in April to see Rev. Lolly Dominski receive the Parish Pastor of the Year award. As only Lolly can say and sincerely mean, “The church family was there, every single one. For I carry them in my heart always. I am so honored to be their parish pastor.”

And we are honored to call Lolly our own; to call her the pastor of our hearts and the shepherd of our souls.

This article was originally published on page 7 of the June 2015 Our Common Ministry, the presbytery’s newsletter. Download the complete issue.

3 Responses to “Morton Grove Pastor Honored with Parish Pastor of the Year Award”

  1. Jan Dykstra Says:

    Congratulations and many blessings as you continue your Call.

  2. Barbara Peter Says:

    Congrats, Lolly! Am thrilled for you to have been tapped for this special gift to honor your many ministries… sending prayers your way for continued success. Am also sending Resurrection hope with love, BP

  3. Kathy Matsushima Says:

    Congratulations, Lolly! What a terrific honor. WIth fond memories of our ministry together in Wilmette more than ten years ago.

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