Message From Our Pastor...
We’re so glad you’re
here! Holy Counselor is a relaxed, fun, loving church full of
energy and grace. We’d love for you to join us for worship on
Sunday, so you can get a better feel for our community. Our
mission here at Holy Counselor is “to share and serve Christ’s love and
bring God’s word to all”. We hope you feel this love the moment you
walk in the door!
If you’re looking for a new church, have never been to church before,
or are not sure where to begin, you are welcome here! I’d love to
connect with you on your journey. You can reach me at
or leave a message at the church office phone, 973-827-5251.
If you'd like to know a little bit about me, keep reading!
I am excited to be the new Pastor here at HCLC. I started in
January 2022. I am ordained in the United Church of Christ (UCC)
and because of a shared communion between the ELCA Lutheran Church and
the UCC church HCLC was able to call me as their pastor. I grew up
Lutheran and have a deep connection to my faith roots.
I am originally from Wisconsin, where most of my family lives. My
undergrad is from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree
in Gender and Women Studies with a minor in Science. I graduated
from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities with my Master of
Divinity in 2017. I then moved to NJ after accepting my first call.
After 4 years serving as an Associate Pastor, I am excited for this new
opportunity to lead at Holy Counselor. My wife, Lynn and I got
married in June 2021. Outside of work, we enjoy kayaking, hiking,
traveling, playing games, reading, and watching TV. We are
excited to be settling into Vernon and learning more about all this
community has to offer. If you see us out and about, don't
hesitate to say hi!
Thank you! ~Pastor
P.S. Click here to visit our Facebook page and watch a
playback of my Live "Introductions" video.