About Us

St. John’s says a lot just through its simple mission statement:  Grow in Faith, Share God’s Love, Serve Others.  Those really are the things that we feel called to do in this world – and called by God to help others do as well.  We try to honor the traditions that came before us and we also love to find new ways to serve.   If you are looking for a place to call your church home or a group of people to serve side by side with, St. John’s is a great place to start! 

Our Story:
Since 1787

We were founded in 1787 as a small congregation on Poplar Church Road (near Holy Spirit Hospital).  Through many moves and buildings (including a time in historic Peace Church), we have seen God work in ways that we never would have thought possible.  The building we worship in now was build in 1970 and we call it home.  There is always a place to you no matter where we gather together! 

 

What We Believe

St.John’s is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Lower Susquehanna Synod. More than that, we are a  community of servants in the world grounded in Christ’s love to grow in our faith in order to love and serve others. We commit ourselves to a life of worship, service, fellowship, education and witness.

 

Staff 

Lead Pastor Sarah Keilholtz

Lead Pastor Sarah Keilholtz

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Pastor Sarah was called as our Lead Pastor in June of 2020 after serving as our Associate since 2008.  She received her Bachelors in Religion and History from Luther College in Decorah, IA and her MDiv from Gettysburg Seminary (now United Lutheran Seminary) in 2005.  She and her husband Greg call Dillsburg home, where they live with their children Nicholas and Hannah. 

Associate Pastor Elizabeth Eckman

Associate Pastor Elizabeth Eckman

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Pastor Elizabeth is a graduate of United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. Prior to her call to ministry she grew up in Harrisburg, PA and has a B.A in Telecommunications from The Pennsylvania State University.  After college she worked at CBS21 News and felt a call to dive deeper into her faith and fell in love with scripture, pastoral care, and preaching. Elizabeth and her husband, Rev. Jay Eckman, love to cook, exercise, work with youth and young adults, and hang out with family and friends. Elizabeth’s loves to praise God through song, fellowship and quality time with God’s people. 

Office Manager Deanna Kendall

Office Manager Deanna Kendall

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Financial Manager Terry Smith

Financial Manager Terry Smith

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Youth Leader Stephanie Alsvan

Youth Leader Stephanie Alsvan

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Minister of Music Tom Notestine

Minister of Music Tom Notestine

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Contemporary Worship Band: Will Rogers

Contemporary Worship Band: Will Rogers

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Sexton Hudson Bethard

Sexton Hudson Bethard

Council President Dave Smith

Council President Dave Smith

Council

The Church Council includes members from the many different demographics here at St. John’s. They meet every month both in person and online to enable and support the work of the Church in a way that is consistent with its mission, vision, and adheres to the constitution. They strive to do God’s work in the world with thoughtfulness, integrity, and respect that share a common vision

  • Dave Smith – Council President
  • Steve Sloat
  • Mike Kadjeski
  • Julie Crespo
  • Beth Ellen Walters
  • William Arbogast
  • Sandra Kroft
  • Cindy Williamson
  • Gary Gardner (Elder)

Get Involved

Want to know more about St. John’s?  A great place to start is by coming to worship!  We want to know you and can’t wait to see what God does with us together! 

Address

44 W Main Street
Shiremanstown PA 17011
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Service Hours

Sat : 6pm
Sun : 8am, 10:45am (outdoors)

Contact Us

(717) 761-5121
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