Rev. Peggy Yingst – Biography
A lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Peggy Yingst grew up in Mentone, a small, rural town in Southern California. She attended Faith Lutheran Church in Yucaipa nearly all her life. She and her siblings were baptized and confirmed at Faith, the same community in which her parents were married, and her parents and grandparents were buried. An active and vibrant Luther League helped shape her faith, as did all the mentors in the church who lovingly nurtured her. She graduated with a B.A. in Art/Graphic Design from San Jose State University in California in 1980. Pastor Peggy discerned a call to parish ministry in her late 30s, while in the midst of a career in newspaper advertising.
She attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2003. During her preparation for the ordained ministry, Pastor Yingst served as an intern pastor at United Lutheran Church under the supervision of The Rev. Tom Dodd, and as the chaplain for the Good Samaritan Health Care Facility, both in Eugene, Oregon. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education by serving as a chaplain at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, and trained at the Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco de Espanol in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Pastor Peggy served on the national board of Lutherans Concerned, North America, (now Reconciling Works), from 1996-2001. For a time, she also was the editor of The Concord, its quarterly newsletter.
After seminary, Pastor Peggy spent a year in California's high desert community of Victorville, serving as Director of Evangelism and Coordinator of Parish Education at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Called to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Brattleboro, Vermont, she was ordained in the New England Synod in early 2010. Pr. Yingst was appointed Dean of the Vermont Conference in 2011 by then-Bishop Margaret Payne and elected to a four-year term on the New England Synod Council at the Synod Assembly in 2014. She served at Trinity for nearly eight years before moving to Oregon.
Although a California girl at heart, Pastor Peggy now loves calling Oregon home! In the last year, she has provided pulpit supply for 10 different Lutheran congregations in the Oregon and SW Washington Synods. Currently, she serves the congregation of Holy Trinity, in Portland, as their interim pastor. She just returned from a two-day intensive lectionary retreat in Vernonia with her Portland-area colleagues.
One of Pastor Peggy's all-time favorite books is Philip Yancey's What's So Amazing About Grace? She is currently reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me and just finished Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sunday. Some of her passions are rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers, (sorry, Mariners’ fans!), playing softball, fishing for trout, oil painting, cooking, working toward justice and hunger solutions, and meeting friends for coffee.
Contact her at or call 802-579-1948.