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The Rev. Scott W. Lingenfelter, known among New Lifers simply as Pastor Scott, began serving God as pastor of New Life on July 1, 2003.  Following the lead of the Holy Spirit into service at New Life, Pastor Scott brings with him a variety of pastoral gifts, leadership skills, and a passion for sharing Christ that are well matched to the focus of our congregation as we seek to extend God’s love in Jesus into all the world around us.


Accompanying Pastor Scott in serving God are his wife Nannette (née Fernlser), married 1989; and their three children: Justin, George Washington University, D.C., born 1991; Curtis, Northwestern Lehigh High School, born 1995; and Melinda, Northwestern Lehigh High School, born 1996.  Mrs. Lingenfelter is currently employed as a school nurse (R.N., B.S.N.) at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 near Minersville, ensuring the welfare of special needs students throughout the county.

Family Photo 2011-07-10 

Pastor Scott hails originally from the Hazleton area, having been graduated from West Hazleton High School in 1985.  He holds a B.A. in French from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre and an M. Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.  Prior to New Life, Pastor Scott served God for seven years at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Ashland, Pennsylvania, prior to which he served as a pastor for three years at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyertown, following his ordination in 1993.


Having also completed a three-year course of studies with The Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, Pastor Scott emphasizes the practicing of personal discipleship for the sake of God’s people following Jesus and loving Him by loving others.  His experiences as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and his later training as a U.S. Navy chaplain add to his perspectives on life, while his deep and abiding sense of being called by God to pastoral ministry focuses his efforts to serve the Lord daily.


Featured in attached photo: The Lingenfelter Family, June 6, 2009: (left to right) Curtis, Pastor Scott, Justin, Nannette, Melinda




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