MEET ASSISTANT PASTOR TRUITT
Rev. Dr. Ostein Barnes Truitt
Ostein B. Truitt currently serves as the Assistant Pastor of St. John Baptist Church, where she serves under the mentorship of her pastor, Rev. Dr. Robert Turner. A member of St. John since 1980, she has participated in a number of ministries which include: AIDS educator; Sunday School teacher, and trustee from 1993-1995. She was ordained as a deacon in 1995, and served as the first female deacon chairperson of the church from 1998 until 2003. Rev. Truitt received the call to ministry in 1999. In preparation for her call, she studied at Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, D.C., graduating with a Master of Divinity degree, then attending Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., graduating with a Doctor of Ministry degree. She was ordained to the position of Assistant Pastor on November 15, 2003 and is charged with the oversight of more than 40 ministries at the church.
Prior to her religious calling, Ostein had a fulfilling career as an educator in the fields of Medical Technology and Nursing. She earned a B.S. degree in Medical Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and later an M.S. degree in Clinical Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her education prepared her for the following career opportunities: Assistant Professor in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia; Instructor of Clinical Microbiology in the Medical Technology Program at the University of Maryland at Baltimore; Assistant Professor in the Medical Laboratory Technology and Biotechnology Programs at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland; and finally, Professor in the Biology Department at Montgomery College in Takoma Park.
In conjunction with her religious calling, Rev. Truitt has had opportunities to expand and enhance her life experiences by serving others. Since 2005 she has been an active board member of Grassroots Intervention Center, a non-profit agency serving as a Crisis Intervention provider and advocate for the homeless. Ostein has also served as an officer for the American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS) in three capacities: secretary for Area I Ministers Council from 2003 - 2005; secretary (2005 – 2007) and treasurer (2007 – 2009) for the Regional Ministers Council.
She is joyfully married to Haywood Truitt and they are the proud parents of three adult children, Jocelyn (Berkeley, California), and Candace and Lauren (Columbia, Maryland).
Rev. Truitt’s lifelong passion is to make a positive difference in the lives of others.