Ecclesia was founded in order to provide a safe place for people to experience God and ask questions of faith and doubt. Our goal is to follow Christ's example and we believe that means we must be
Meet our Pastor
Rev. Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore, Pastor
In August 2018, Ecclesia called Rev. Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore as interim pastor. Several months later, we made it official and removed "interim" from her title.
Aileen graduated from Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity in December 2010 and was ordained to the gospel ministry that same week by First Baptist Church of Asheville. She served in various roles at other baptist churches before coming to Ecclesia as pastor; immediately prior to joining Ecclesia's ministry, she was on staff at First Baptist of Weaverville, NC as minister with youth and children.
Aileen is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry at Gardner-Webb Divinity School with plans to graduate in August 2020. She also obtained her Bachelor's of Arts from Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) in 1986 and her Master's of Education from Oklahoma Central University (Edmond, OK).
Aileen and her husband Jay married in 1987 and have lived in the Asheville area since 1998. Their family includes daughter Trellace (New York City), son Baker and his wife Addison (Greensboro, NC), daughter Margaret (student at NC State in Raleigh), and Isabella Beagle (commander and chief of the home).
Aileen enjoys reading, writing, and playing banagrams, or any other board game. She blogs regularly at http://aileengoeson.com