Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and co-author of Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care, and Loss

Amy Ziettlow was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Ziettlow has served in congregational ministry in central and southern Illinois, Baton Rouge, and the New Orleans area. She is the co-author, with Naomi Cahn, of Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care and Loss For over a decade, Amy Ziettlow has been actively involved in hospice care, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for The Hospice of Baton Rouge, as well as serving as a chaplain visiting dying patients and their families and coordinating and training hospice volunteers. Amy Ziettlow writes for the Religion, Entertainment, and Health pages for The Huffington Post and is a blogger at She was a contributing author to the book, Voices of Faith from the Midst of the Storm, a collection of clergy writings collected after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. She also serves as Secretary for the Lutheran Social Services of the South Board of Directors and has served as the Southern Conference Clergy Representative on the ELCA’s Central/Southern Illinois Synod’s Task Force on Human Sexuality. Ziettlow earned a bachelor of arts in letters from the University of Oklahoma, where she danced and toured with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet Company, and a master of divinity at the University of Chicago. She lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children.