301 North Pennsylvania Avenue
P.O. Box 331
Centre Hall, PA 16828
Welcome to the pastor’s page and thanks for your interest in the fellowship of Christian believers’ known as St. Luke Lutheran Church! I have been blessed to be St. Luke’s pastor since May 1, 2009.
I am an honors graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. I graduated from that institution on May 14, 2004 and was ordained by Bishop Donald McCoid on June 12, 2004 at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Three days later, I began my duties as the pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church in New Florence, Pennsylvania; a position I held until April 30, 2009. Prior to seminary, I worked as a fund-raising professional for a little over a decade. I began that career in my native state of Wisconsin and pursued it further in places like Boston, Hartford, and Washington, DC. Along the way, I also managed to become a veteran of the first Gulf War.
I met my wife Julia at seminary. She is a native of York, Pennsylvania and a highly valued colleague in ministry. It was my great privilege to preach at Julia’s ordination service in October of 2010. Since then, she has been the full-time pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Millheim, Pennsylvania.
Julia and I have no children, but dogs named Zebediah and Nephesh do round out our family. Two, full-time calls to ministry have made busy and hectic schedules a regular part of our household. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. Both of us have an intense love for our Lord, his Church, and his mission here on earth.
I changed careers in my thirties because I felt a strong call to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to others. I had felt that call since my teenage years, but did not respond to it until I experienced God’s love in very profound, personal, and adult ways. Since that time, my daily goal has been to share the priceless gift which God has given to each of us with a world in which real and genuine love is too often absent. I hope to share God’s Good News with you and your family and friends in the near future. I also look forward to the many ways in which you can undoubtedly enhance my faith, as well as the faith of those you’ll get to know should you begin to attend St. Luke regularly.
Your Brother and Servant in Christ,
Pastor Scott Klimke