The Rev. Leah R. Hrachovec, an associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Okla., will serve as the visiting pastor at University of the Ozarks from April 1-5 as part of the university's Pastoral Study Leave program.
Rev. Hrachovec has served the Stillwater church since 2007. Before that she served in a two-year pastoral residency at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry.
Originally from Owasso, Okla., Rev. Hrachovec earned a B.A. from Grinnell College in Iowa and a master's degree in divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. Before seminary, Rev. Hrachovec worked as a young adult Intern for the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Louisville, Ky, , and in Washington, D.C. in the Office of Public Witness. She is married to Nathaniel Cooper, and they have one daughter.
As part of her visit to Ozarks, Rev. Hrachovec will lead the university's weekly worship service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in Munger Chapel.
The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, a long-time member of the university's Board of Trustees. Struthers established the program to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Rev. Hrachovec is the 15th visiting pastor to take part in the program.