We’re two pastors in the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) thinking about and practicing real faith in the real world. We are also friends who care a lot about God, the church, camp, our families and connecting with others outside of our faith-communities.
Pastor Joe McGarry
I love my job as a pastor because I believe I am about to live out what God is calling me to do in the world. I serve a multi-generational church and we are able to build important, life giving relationships with one another. Through these relationships we learn our faith story, we connect with one another, we discover our unique gifts which enables us to live our best life.
I believe that we are increasingly becoming a multi-generational society. It is not uncommon to find three to four generations (or more) living together at the same time! This is a wonderful thing but it can come with challenges.
My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 43
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
Pastor Joes Biography
I have been a part of the church as long as I can remember. As a child I was active in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland, Vermont as president of the youth group, assisting minister and choir member. As a teenager I joined the staff at Camp Calumet in Freedom, New Hampshire; I was on the summer staff for ten summers.
I participated in various ministries while in college. In 1999 I joined the year round staff at Camp Calumet and was with them for three years. At Calumet I helped plan, and host retreat for churches all around the New England Synod. It was at Calumet that I felt my strongest call to ministry.
I left Calumet in 2002 and joined the staff at Hope Lutheran Church in Reading, Pennsylvania as a Youth Director, After School Director, and Assistant Music Minister.
In 2003 I finished my degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota in Youth Development.
In 2004 I entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. While in seminary I worked as a Youth Director forGood Shepherd Lutheran Church in Southampton, PA and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Telford, PA. I did a year’s internship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Hill, PA under the supervision of The Reverend William Vanderslice. I also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a trauma bay chaplain at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. I graduated from LTSP with a Master’s of Divinity in 2008.
I was called in 2008 to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baldwinsville, New York at their pastor. I spent a little over five and a half years at St. Mark’s. I was involved with many ministries in the church and in the synod including Vanderkamp, Lutheran Campus Ministry at Syracuse University, the Candidacy Committee of the Upstate NY Synod and the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce.
In January 2014 I accepted a call to Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. I began my ministry at Faith on March 9, 2014. This is where I currently serve and live with my wife Katie and my two children Logan and Addyson.
In my free time I enjoy watching New England Patriots Football, Syracuse football and basketball. I also enjoy playing my guitar and blogging.
Here are some links to some newspaper articles I have been featured in:
Pastor Geoff Sinibaldo
“Reforming the church, one conversation at a time.”
I enjoy sharing things both theological and personal, musing about life and faith in an attempt to be better equipped for ministry in today’s 21st Century challenges.
Pastor Geoff’s Biography
I am a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) serving in Connecticut. I was ordained into the ministry of word and sacrament July 20, 2002. I’ve served congregations in Hermosa, SD; Avon, CT; New Canaan, CT, and currently as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook, CT. I also served as Dean of the Southern Connecticut Conference and am currently Dean of the Eastern Connecticut Rivers Conference. Both are Conferences composed of several congregations of the New England Synod, ELCA.
I got my start at a Lutheran camp in Wisconsin (Crossways Camping Ministries) where I worked five summers, met and married my wife, met some close friends and received a great depth of ministry experience. The year after college I worked outside of Milwaukee 1/2 time as a youth director in a congregation, and 1/2 time at Lutherdale Bible Camp, where I got some good experience, and met several other of my closest friends. Eventually most of us ended up married and doing church work in various settings across the country. We serve as godparents for each other’s kids, and get together with our “camp cousins” whenever possible. I have two children and an amazing wife in Tammie, and they teach me many things about life, parenting, faithfulness, and what I don’t know, on a daily basis.
I went to Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where I received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Religion minor in 1997. After my year at Lutherdale, I went to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota where I received the Master of Divinity (M.Div) in 2002, and completed a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2011. My thesis centered on renewing congregations.
I am interested in how we carry forward the faith into the 21st century; as many times it feels like pushing a big rock, up a big hill. I suspect ministry has always felt like that, but this is the time and place in which we live, and the set of circumstances God has called us to engage. So here we are – trying to figure out what it means to be faithful, TODAY. I invite you to the conversation.
I blog at sinibaldo.wordpress.com
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And as far as breakfast is concerned; bring back eggs.
Joe and Geoff