Pastor Amanda Highben
Pastor Amanda was called to the Duke Lutherans community in June 2020. She was ordained in 2016 after twelve years in youth and family ministry. A graduate of John Carroll University (BA, English and Political Science), Luther Seminary (MA, Christian Education), and Trinity Lutheran Seminary (MDiv), she’s served diverse parishes in a variety of settings, including downtown Minneapolis, MN, inner-city Columbus, OH, and the college town of East Lansing, MI. During her three years at University Lutheran Church on the campus of Michigan State University, Pastor Amanda developed a graduate student and young adult ministry program and was an active member of the undergraduate campus ministry team. She’s led service-learning trips to various parts of the U.S. and the island of Île-à-Vache, Haiti.
Since moving to Durham with her family in 2019, she’s assisted with worship leadership at Duke Chapel and taught a course in Lutheran studies at Duke Divinity School. Pastor Amanda’s husband Zeb is the Director of Chapel Music at Duke and associate professor of the practice of church music at Duke Divinity School. Their energetic, music-loving daughter Cecilia (Ceci) loves to attend Duke Lutherans events, as does their Beagle Scout, who is the official Duke Lutherans mascot and provides puppy therapy for all students.
Pastor Amanda is an avid reader and enjoys biking, swimming, and yoga. She cares deeply about ecumenical and interfaith ministry, lifelong learning, building an inclusive church, and our calling to live as instruments of peace, justice, and God’s boundless love for all people.
Amanda would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach & Neighborliness
I am a 5th year PhD student in the department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology studying how breast cancer spreads around the body. I love Duke Lutherans because of its emphasis on how our faith in Christ propels us to love and serve our neighbors.
Fun Fact About Jovita:
I speak 5 languages and I would love to learn more.
I am a junior undergraduate who is studying marine biology. I'm a Duke Lutheran because I love being able to think deeply about my faith with other people my age. I've met the kindest, most welcoming people through Duke Lutherans.
Fun Fact About Magdalena:
I really love figure skating! I've been watching it for years and started taking lessons when I was a freshman.
Sunday Evening Prayer
I am a fifth year PhD candidate in the psychology and neuroscience department. I'm a Duke Lutheran because we are a community committed to living out our mission "called to life together" with our campus community, our partner congregations, and our Durham community.
Fun Fact About Eric:
In college, I made a senior film about plates.
Fellowship & Social Events
I am in my third (and final) year of my Master’s of Divinity, and I am originally from Mooresville, North Carolina. I am a Duke Lutheran first, because I value the community of fellow students and the different perspectives that we each bring to life and faith. And second, because Duke Lutherans values the larger Durham community in which we are located.
Fun Fact About Katie:
When I’m not reading or writing for school, I enjoy riding my bike around Durham, drinking coffee, and trying out new recipes!
I am a first year at Duke Divinity School studying Old Testament. I am a Duke Lutheran because it gives me a community where I can continue to grow in my faith. It also gives me a safe place to develop my vocational calling and skill.
Fun Fact About Max:
My favorite books are The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London.
2021 - 2022 Duke Lutheran Committee Members
Phil Hart, Chair