Rev. Sharon Eckhardt has been named the interim pastor at the Federated Church in Edgartown.

She will serve on the unanimous recommendation of the church council. The church’s settled pastor, Rev. Amy Edwards, died in May.

Reverend Eckhardt, who lives on the Vineyard, is an ordained minister of word and sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and she previously served for 12 years at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Denvill, N.J. Before that she worked for 25 years as a social worker, and has been active in volunteer work.

Reverend Eckhardt is a member of the Island Community Chorus and the Island Clergy Association, and served as a volunteer for Hospitality Homes. Sharon and her husband Gary have four grown children.