1969 (age 47–48)
|Education||Iliff School of Theology|
|Spouse(s)||Matthew Bolz-Weber (1996-2016)|
|Church||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|Writings||Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television|
|House for All Sinners and Saints|
Nadia Bolz-Weber (born 1969) is a Lutheran minister and public theologian. She serves as the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colorado. She is also a two-time New York Times bestselling author.
Bolz-Weber is known for her unusual approach to reaching others through her church. Heavily tattooed, she is considered a "perfomative pastor". Her work in the church is considered part of "a new Reformation" by scholar and writer Diana Butler Bass.
In 1986, at age 17, Bolz-Weber started getting tattoos, and the ones on her arms mark the liturgical year and the story of the Gospel. Bolz-Weber briefly attended Pepperdine University before dropping out and moving to Denver. She says that she became an alcoholic and drug abuser and often felt like one of "society's outsiders".
In 1996, Nadia married Matthew Bolz-Weber, whom she had met while in recovery. They divorced in 2016. Together, they have two children, a daughter and a son.
Bolz-Weber felt that she heard the call to service in 2004 when she was asked to eulogize a friend who had committed suicide. In 2008, Bolz-Weber was ordained as a pastor. She started her own church, the House for All Sinners and Saints, which is often shortened to just House. One third of her church is part of the LGBT community, and she also has a "Minister of Fabulousness", Stuart, who is a drag queen. Her church is also very welcoming to people with drug addiction, depression, and even those who are not believers of her faith. Bolz-Weber spends nearly twenty hours each week to write her weekly ten-minute sermon.
Books and writings
Bolz-Weber writes for Christian Century and Sojourners. In addition her books include Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television, reviewed in Christian Century and The Daily Sentinel (TX), and Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Sojourners Magazine. In 2015 she released Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.
- Suderman, Brenda (2013-09-28). "Sinner and a saint". Winnipeg Free Press (MB), 28 September 2013, pD15 Abstract: Call her cranky, call her a sinner, but please don't call Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber "pastrix". Retrieved from http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/sinner-and-a-saint-225618652.html.
- Green, Emma (3 September 2015). "Why Every Church Needs a Drag Queen". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- Sentilles, Sarah (5 March 2012). "My Take: Five Women In Religion to Watch". CNN. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- O'Connor, Colleen (10 September 2015). "Nadia Bolz-Weber, Tattooed 'Pastrix,' Ministers to Sinners and Saints". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- Tara Brady. "'I swear like a truck driver': Tattooed female weightlifter who boozed and took drugs becomes rising star of the Lutheran church", Daily Mail, 5 November 2013
- Little, Jane (6 July 2015). "Nadia Bolz Weber: A Pastor For America's Outsiders". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- Electa Draper (23 April 2011). "Pastor turns heads by blending tradition and irreverence: Guided by Resurrection, and a dose of insurrection". Denver Post. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- Michelle Boorstein (2013-11-03). "Bolz-Weber's liberal, foulmouthed articulation of Christianity speaks to fed-up believers". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- Gross, Terry (17 September 2015). "Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders". NPR. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- Jennifer Preyss. "Revelations: Nontraditional 'Pastrix' preaches to reporter", Victoria Advocate (TX) - Friday, October 11, 2013
- "Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint", Publishers Weekly, 7/8/2013, Vol. 260 Issue 27, p83
- "Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television", Christian Century, 2/10/2009, Vol. 126 Issue 3, p43
- Jim Miller. "Review: Author gives her opinion on merits of TBN", The Daily Sentinel, Friday, March 27, 2009 (Source: Ebsco Masterfile Complete)
- "Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint", Booklist, 9/15/2013, Vol. 110 Issue 2, p6
- "Misery Loves Comedy", Sojourners Magazine. Sep/Oct2013, Vol. 42 Issue 9, p49-49. (Source: Ebsco Masterfile Complete)
- "Nadia Bolz-Weber". Sojourners magazine. Sojourners. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- Raushenbush, Paul Brandeis (11 September 2015). "Accidental Saint: The Passion Of Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber (All Together Podcast)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
- Julia Duin (2014). "From Rebel to Reverend". More. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
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- Official website
- Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace, Nadia Bolz Weber — On Being, September 5, 2013