The Congregation Council has contracted with Pastor John Van Haneghan to serve as our Interim Senior Pastor during the period of discernment before we call a new Senior Pastor. 

He likes to be known as “Pastor John.”  He has completed training specifically to serve in interim pastor roles.  He is rostered with the ELCA and holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

John Van Haneghan

Pastor John brings over 35 years of varied experience at congregations in New York, New Jersey, Alaska, Canada and most recently in Austin, TX.  He has been a dedicated servant and leader in God’s church, with experience across all age groups and with different cultures.  He seeks to help develop church leaders. Part of his ministry over the years used puppets with both young children and adults. Storyboarding Church has an article on his puppet ministry called “For the Love of Puppets.”

He and his wife, Pam, enjoy leading classes for children to learn about the sacrament of Holy Communion. 

Pastor John will be joining us January 13, 2021.