Anna Poutiainen starts as new pastor of St. Matthew's International Lutheran Church
Pastor Anna Poutiainen has started as the new pastor for ministry in English of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helsinki on 1 May 2022. In this position, she will give leadership to the International Lutheran Church at St. Matthew’s, Itäkeskus. She will also work closely together with local parishes in Helsinki to promote English and multilingual ministry locally.
Pastor Anna Poutiainen was ordained in 2008. After serving in hospital chaplaincy and parish ministry, she became pastor for international church work in Olari Parish, Espoo, leading and developing a bilingual (English–Finnish) worship community and building up the multifaceted multicultural ministry known under the Colourful Espoo brand. This ministry includes low-threshold events, camps, and other activities that draw people from all age groups and walks of life and from dozens of different countries and language groups. Over the years, this ministry has spread throughout Espoo. Since 2020, Poutiainen has served the international community at Aalto University in Otaniemi, Espoo as a university chaplain.
St. Matthew’s International Lutheran Church was founded in February 2014.