Pastor Cuttino (pronounced "CUT-no") came to Good Shepherd in July 2013. He grew up in Elkin, North Carolina, attending Presbyterian and Episcopal churches. Cuttino studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. He graduated with degrees in history and Russian language. While at UNC-Chapel Hill, he became active in Lutheran Campus Ministry, where he discovered his call to ministry and met his wife, Jessica.
Before entering seminary, Cuttino joined the US Peace Corps. For two years, he worked in the country of Georgia as a consultant to a non-profit organization that served homeless youth and refugees. In 2009, Cuttino returned to the United States and enrolled at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. During his internship year of seminary, Cuttino was assigned again to Georgia to work as a vicar in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tbilisi.
Cuttino is especially passionate about liturgy, spirituality, and preaching. He is the 2013 recipient of the David H. C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award, given by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church of New York City. He also received awards from his seminary in preaching and biblical theology. He continues to have a strong interest in global mission and ecumenical relations, particularly in Eastern Europe.
While not at church, Cuttino enjoys traveling, cooking, printmaking, and watching TV. He and his wife live in Stanley. They eagerly await the birth of their first child in late August.
What do you do with table scraps?
It's a serious question these days. Think about those fruit peelings, the half-eaten broccoli, the dropped macaroni, the cut-off bread crusts. All of it goes straight into the garbage, wasted. I am certainly guilty of that.
According to one report, the average American wastes up to 25% of food and drinks that they purchase. Just discarded, spoiled. This is at a time when one in six Americans are hungry, and over 800 million people worldwide don't get enough to eat.Read full transcript...