Pastor Haack2 photo 2019The Rev. Paul A. Haack

I have enjoyed being the Supply Pastor here at Zion Lutheran Church since August of 2018. In fact, prior to my time spent at Zion, I have had the pleasure of serving a number of congregations as an Interim Pastor and/or a Supply Pastor following my retirement  from fulltime pastoral ministry in 2006.

I grew up in the Baltimore, Maryland area and graduated from Parkville High School. I earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College, a M.Div. from the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, and a M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College. I was ordained in 1970 at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Baltimore. Over the years I have served congregations in Maryland and Pennsylvania and have been on the Staff of the Maryland Synod, L.C.A.

My wife, Janet, and I have two sons, two granddaughters and two grandsons.

 

Zion New2 VicarLeanneElliott pic 02262022Vicar Leanne Elliott

Before coming to Zion, Vicar Leanne spent the first decade of her professional ministry as the Director of Christian Education, Children, Youth, and Family Ministry serving a congregation in Westminster, Maryland. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Children, Youth, and Family Studies from Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington and began her seminary journey at United Lutheran Seminary in 2018. Vicar Leanne is a candidate for Word and Service Ministry in the ELCA (Deacon) and received the Rite of Accompaniment with the Deaconess Community of the ELCA in 2019. She has spent more than half of her life serving the church in a variety of roles since she was young. In her early years she taught Sunday School, served on the Lutheran Youth Organization Board of the Southeastern PA Synod, and was a regular acolyte and worship assistant. In college she and a good friend opened a drop-in center named “The Spot” for youth living on the fringe in Snohomish, WA. She has also served as a Discipling Coach for the ELCA Youth Ministry Network, as the Synod Day Director of the Delaware-Maryland Synod for two Gathering cycles, as the Young Adult Representative on the Delaware-Maryland Synod Council, and as the Team Leader of the Delaware-Maryland Synod’s Communication Team. She comes to Zion with a vast experience in ministry and is looking forward to her time here where she will continue to grow, learn, and be shaped by the people of Zion and Glen Rock.

When not working Vicar Leanne can be found spending time with the ones she loves most playing games, hiking, taking road trips, finding a local mini golf course, camping, or at home watching TV and playing with her cat Poppy. She loves coffee and is always on the hunt for good local coffee shops where she can set up shop for her “mobile office”.

 

The Pastoral Support Team

While Pastor Haack is the Presiding Minister and Preacher for the worship services at Zion Lutheran Church in Glen Rock, a team of Pastors from other congregations in the South York Conference of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA cover other pastoral responsibilities including home and hospital visits, weddings, funerals, counseling, and others. I am grateful for these colleagues in ministry and the support that they provide to people of the congregation here at Zion. Although this is a somewhat unusual approach to ministry, this arrangement allows the lay leaders and people of Zion to be an effective presence in the Glen Rock community and beyond.

The team is coordinated by Pastor Katie Brantner (St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hametown) and also includes Pastor Doug DeStephano (Christ Lutheran Church in Loganville)

 

The Glen Rock Ministerium

We are very fortunate to be a part of a family of local churches here in Glen Rock. We call ourselves the Glen Rock Ministerium, and we all share in certain responsibilities over the course of the year to enrich the worship and experiences of our collective congregations.  For example, we share in providing Lenten services each Wednesday evening during Lent where we take turns hosting the service at which the congregations of all the churches are invited and the pastors all participate in each service.  Likewise, we come together to offer Vacation Bible School each summer where, again, the children from all congregations are welcome.  The participating churches include the following:

  • Immanuel United Methodist Church
  • New Hope (Fissel’s) United Church of Christ
  • Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church