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We believe in one God who created us all and every living thing and called all of it “good!”

We believe in Jesus, God’s son who lived in order to make God’s love known, who died in order to conquer the power of death, who God raised from the dead that everyone who believes might have life today and life forever.

We believe God is still active today and is working in us through the Holy Spirit.  We believe the Holy Spirit is given in Baptism to everyone, and comes with gifts that are activated as we love others.

We believe that we are loved, cherished, and treasured for who we are, and we believe YOU are too!

We believe we are called to love God by loving others, this centers our community in service to those in need.  We are founding partners of Feast of Justice, a non-profit agency serving the poor and working poor through hunger, literacy, and resource programs.

Our Staff

The Rev. Patricia Neale was called to St John’s as Associate Pastor in August, 2007 upon graduation from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia with a Masters of Divinity.  Pr. Neale is the Executive Director of Feast of Justice, a non-profit social ministry agency which serves more than 1200 families with hunger, literacy, and resource counseling programs.  Pr. Neale resides in Philadelphia with her husband David, and their children Andrew, Luke, and Micah.  She enjoys gardening, good food, and travel with family.

 

Lisa Thomas has served as Director of Music Ministries at St. John’s since October 2007.  A native of Rochester, NY, Lisa is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.,Vocal Performance) and the Curtis Institute of Music (M.M., Opera).  She has since performed over 25 operatic roles in the United States and Germany. Lisa currently maintains a busy private vocal studio. She also performs locally with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Singers, Delaware Valley Opera, and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra.  Lisa has also performed for over 30 years with her husband, baritone Todd Thomas on numerous occasions, both in the US and abroad.  Lisa and Todd not only collaborate musically, but continually celebrate their most important project: parenting four very energetic children – Lydia, Gabriela, Samuel, and Noah. When she finds the time, Lisa enjoys reading, cycling, yoga, and travel with family.

Susan Black has served as St. John’s Administrative Assistant for almost 23 years and is an active member of the congregation.  She is a graduate of Lincoln High School and Abington School of Nursing.  She worked as a registered nurse for 20 years prior to the birth of her daughter, Melissa. Susan lives in Mayfair and enjoys volunteering at Feast of Justice, traveling,  cooking and reading.

 

 

Jimmy Schultz is our Sexton. He started working at St John’s since the Spring of 2011. He is married with two children. He also enjoys volunteering at Feast of Justice.

 

 

 

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