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Pastor Rob

Lead Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church


Pastor Rob is the lead pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carlisle. Prior to coming to St. Paul, Pastor Rob served in a variety of churches and communities, helping them to both grown their ministry and level of giving.

Pastor Rob began his journey serving in two congregations in Pennsylvania – Tabor Lutheran Church in Kane (the “ice-box” capital of PA – hence the reason he moved south) and Emanuel Lutheran Church in Bradford. Much of the ministry grew in both congregations during his time – including giving and worship attendance. Following his stay in Pennsylvania, he served as the Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Director of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod (a title he found to be way too long to put on business cards). During his time there he coordinated all new and redevelopment ministries in the synod, developed a communications ministry, led the call process ministry of the synod, and did all of the other stuff the bishop asked him (told him) to do.

After his term as Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Rob served as the Executive Director of Briarwood Lutheran Ministries (much to his surprise because his idea of “roughing it” is going to a hotel that only serves a continental breakfast). Briarwood, the summer camp and retreat center of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, was in danger of closing.  His experience with transformational ministry and communications helped to turn the ministry around to the point that it is a financial viable and growing ministry.

And before making his stay at St. Paul, he left Briarwood to serve as the pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his leadership, this predominately African-American congregation grew in the number of worshippers and the level of giving.

Pastor Rob is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (Masters of Divinity) and Penn State University (Bachelors in Speech Communications and Theater – as one can sometimes see when he is “hamming” it up).  He is married to Lorraine and they have two children – Matthew and Mark (yes – there are only two gospels in his family) and wishes he could spend much more time riding his Harley.  Check out videos of his sermons at St. Paul.


“Don't become so well–adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out.” Romans 12:2 (The Message)

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