Pastor Elizabeth L. Hiller was raised in Alexandria, Minnesota. While growing up in a strong church community, she felt a call to pastoral ministry. She received a BA in Religion and Ancient Greek at one of the ELCA’s church colleges, Concordia College, in Moorhead, Minnesota. After college, Elizabeth began seminary at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. While at Yale, Elizabeth’s pastoral education included youth work at Trinity Lutheran Church, Milford, Connecticut, parish assistant service at Bethesda Lutheran Church, New Haven, and service as a chapel minister at Yale’s Marquand Chapel. Elizabeth graduated from Yale with a Master of Divinity degree and a diploma in Lutheran studies.
She completed her ordination requirements through Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. The banks of the mighty Mississippi became Elizabeth’s home for the next years as she served her first call with the good people of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, a city three hours west of Chicago. While at St. Paul, Elizabeth was honored to be part of the Transition into Ministry residency program, a nationally recognized program for forming young pastors, funded by the prestigious Lilly Endowment, Inc. Elizabeth and her husband Tim Hiller, who is a PhD student in Christian theology at the University of Chicago, enjoy kayaking, gardening projects, and cooking with basil.