Shortly after graduating from seminary in 2004, I accepted a call to serve as pastor of Temple Lutheran Church in Havertown, PA. I am very excited about being a part of a small but vibrant and compassionate congregation.
As the only pastor, I am connected to all parts of the ministry of the congregation. At the same time, I continue to strive to enable volunteer leaders and help people discover the areas of ministry that they are passionate about.
I have been greatly encouraged by the congregation’s deep love for one another and warmth toward new faces that visit for worship. I also remain amazed at the amount of service that is accomplished by a relatively small congregation. Examples include participation in a soup kitchen and food cupboard ministry, Habitat for Humanity, World Hunger projects, local foundations, blood drives, and many other acts of compassion.
I have also been glad to be a part of the congregation’s efforts during multiple renovation projects to our 90-year old church building, important discernment and changes in our worship life, staff transitions, and challenging financial circumstances. Congregation leaders have become increasingly visionary and effective from year to year.