Welcome Pastor Charles H. Oberkehr
After a 16-month process, Trinity is happy to introduce The Reverend Dr. Charles H. Oberkehr as our new pastor. Pastor Oberkehr comes to New Holland from Alexandria, VA where he was pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church of Mount Vernon. He and his wife, Gloria, will move to New Holland in the very near future as he begins his ministry here on October 1, 2016. Pastor and Mrs. Oberkehr are parents to five adult children.
Pastor Oberkehr is a graduate of Gettysburg Seminary and earned his Doctorate in Education in Pastoral Counseling at Argosy University. In addition to his time in Alexandria, he was the pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Hempstead, Long Island, NY and Shiloh Lutheran Church and Christ Lutheran Church in York, PA. He also served as Executive Director of Long Island United Campus Ministries.
Pastor Oberkehr brings new insights to Trinity’s ministry in New Holland. He says, “Pastoral leadership articulates direction, inspires and promotes mutual accountability in conducting God’s work. I believe this stems from understanding the difference between mission and model. Our mission to touch lives with the Gospel does not change, but the models we have for accomplishing this must be fluid and continually adapted to serve the mission.” We look forward to Pastor Oberkehr’s fresh look at our ministries as we work together to do God’s Work with Our Hands.
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