West Des Moines
Pam Avaux

Pam Avaux, Chaplain

Pam Avaux has been a member at Lutheran Church of Hope since 1999 and joined the staff in January 2000. She has served as Spiritual Gifts Director, Membership Director and Care Ministry Director, and presently serves as Chaplain. In this roll, she does hospital, hospice and shut-in visitation; pastoral care; weddings; funerals; baptisms; presiding; and overseeing the 50+ Ministry and Outreach Worship Teams to area care facilities.

Pam grew up in northeast Iowa and graduated from Denver High School in 1977. She obtained a bachelor’s in public relations, marketing and journalism from the University of Northern Iowa in 1981. She obtained her certification in volunteer management from Des Moines Area Community College in 1996 and pastoral care specialist certification from Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center in 2004 and 2019.

Pam has also completed Leadership Training Network’s Level I and II and Consultant’s Training in Lay Mobilization, Stephen Ministry Leadership Training and Mental Health First Aid Training and obtained Clinical Pastoral Education through Iowa Methodist Medical Center in 2013. She is also trained in Inner Healing Prayer.

Through ministering to others, Pam is motivated by a passion for health and wellness of the mind, body, spirit and soul. She seeks to help others discover their unique (S.H.A.P.E.) spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, passions and experiences and equip others for service in the church, the community and the global world. She is committed to Hope’s mission to “Reach out to the world around us and share the love of Jesus Christ” with the gifts God has given her.

Her two God-given dreams in life were to be a pastor and a pianist. She started playing piano by ear at age 5 and started taking lessons at age 6. She taught private piano lessons for 11 years to stay home with her children. She continues to play piano at Von Maur and around the metro area, has recorded two piano albums, and has performed several concerts at Hope. Pam also enjoys water exercise, Bible studies, visiting tearooms, her “Teacups” small group of many years and traveling.

Pam has been happily married to Mark since 1981. They live in Urbandale and have two grown children, Meredith (and Joe Smeltzer) and Thomas (and Lauren), and four grandchildren, Henry, Oscar, Landry and Evie.

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Pam Avaux