Zion's Supply Pastor

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.

 

The Pastoral Support Team

While I am 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)
  • Pastor George Schneider (St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Freedom).

 

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