Our Pastor

Thank you Pastor Ellingworth for fifteen years of dedicated service to the Church and the community.

We will miss you.

Pastor Ellingworth

Pastor Ellingworth Call Decision 

July 25, 2017

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ of The Lutheran Church of Christ the King, 

It is with both joy and sadness that I announce that the Lord has led me to accept the call to serve as Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Waverly, Iowa.

This decision fills me with joy because the Lord has opened a new chapter in the ministry to which He has called me to serve having new challenges and possibilities and potentials. Perhaps unexpectedly, this decision fills me with joy because I have learned and grown so much these past fifteen years at Christ the King, Pawling, and my family and I hold so many great memories and experiences. Truly, I became a pastor here with you, and you have been a part of my Christian formation as much as I have been a part of yours. Through good times and through bad times, we have lived, worked, worshipped, and prayed together, celebrating each other’s joys and shouldering each other’s sorrows. I am joyful that another pastor will have the opportunity to experience the unique love and blessings I have enjoyed with you, and that you will have the opportunity to grow in new ways as the Lord will surely provide you a faithful shepherd to preach, teach, and minister to you as He knows best.

My family has planted deep roots in the Pawling community, roots that will be painful to dig up and transplant, and many which simply cannot be transplanted, but such is the nature of the Office of the Holy Ministry and, truly, of the Christian faith and life in general. For those who truly seek to follow God’s path and to do His will, we find that often His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Nevertheless, we trust in the Lord, that He is faithful and good, and that He will guide us in the way we should go, bless us by His Holy Spirit, and make us a rich blessing to others.

Amidst the sadness of saying goodbye, of the coming distance between us, and of no longer having the divine blessing and privilege of serving you with the Lord’s most holy gifts in Word and Sacrament, there is also a great sense of hope, peace, and joy, for these fifteen years with you have not been for naught, but truly the Lutheran Church of Christ the King has grown and has become established in a strong Confessional Lutheran Christian identity, in worship, in the classroom, in the community, and in your vocations lived in the world, but not of the world, in service to your neighbor, to the glory of God. And, I am confident in the Lord that the good work He has begun and has continued in you these fifteen years, He will bless and will continue to foster and grow in your future. Everything is in place for you to call a new shepherd with new gifts and abilities to lead you, feed you, equip you, and shepherd you where the Lord would have you go next. The Lord is faithful, and He provides for His flock, always.

We have not yet finalized plans concerning timing, but I expect my last Sunday at Christ the King to be near the end of August. We will certainly inform everyone as our plans continue to solidify.

I have many more things to say to you, but I cannot bear to tell them now. Please keep all the flock at The Lutheran Church of Christ the King in your prayers, and please keep my family and I in your prayers as we make this transition. 

In Christ,

Jon M. Ellingworth