The pastorate isn't so predictable anymore. Case in point: Pranitha Fielder. Today we're featuring her as part of our "Faces of the Pastorate" series. Fielder illustrates the growing diversity among pastors in America. But even as the as the role broadens, at least one similarity remains: the call to lead the local church.
For much of her childhood, Pranitha Fielder felt like she didn't belong anywhere.
As a little girl, she was raised by her grandfather in Andhra Pradesh, India, while her parents were working. She moved to be with her parents in Maryland at the age of seven.
Fielder attended a Christian high school but had no interest in faith. During a school-sponsored prayer service, a pastor gave an altar call. While many students came forward, Fielder got annoyed and walked out.
"I grew up really angry. The first time I remember praying, I was eight. I cursed God the best I could."
"As I was leaving, I had this overwhelming feeling ...1