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Our Pastor

Rev. Jon M. Ellingworth was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ the King, Pawling, New York on July 7, 2002 following his graduation from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Pastor Ellingworth's education includes an Associate of Arts in Philosophy from Illinois Central College, both a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and in English along with a Minor in Religious Studies from Illinois State University, and a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Historical Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary.
Pastor Ellingworth's professional interests include church history, liturgics, and sacramental theology. He is an avid reader and book collector who enjoys reading fiction and fantasy for fun. Pastor also continues to study philosophy on his own and is particularly interested in the topics of epistemology, metaphysics, and free will. Pastor is also a lover of music with diverse and eclectic tastes ranging from classical to "acid" jazz! He enjoys good red wine, which he believes is meant to be enjoyed with friends.
Pastor Ellingworth is married to his bride of 25+ years Lisa and has three beautiful girls, Ada, Cora, and Meredith.
Pastor serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pawling Resource Center which provides important social services to neighbors in need in our community. Pastor has also worked with other community leaders to develop programs and services for the youth of the community to promote healthy values under the banner of Progress for Pawling. Pastor is very involved in the community of Pawling serving where appropriate and encouraging parishioners to live out their Chistian vocations in service of their neighbors to the glory of God.
Pastor also meets monthy with the ministers of the other Christian congregations in Pawling for mutual support in the ministry and for the pooling of resources to better serve the community. Each year following Christmas the six Christian churches participate in the Epiphany Walk. During this Pawling tradition members of the community walk together from church to church where each congregation offers a little taste of what makes them unique ranging from choral performances, to Christmas plays, to scripture readings and hymns. This is not so much ecumenicity as it is simply a celebration of what Christians of various denominations share in common and what makes each unique.

And unique is what the community of Pawling is. A spirit of cooperation and mutual respect for differences permeates the community. Pawling has been the home of such well known persons as Edward R. Murrow, Lowell Thomas, and Norman Vincent Peale and is the present home of The Peale Center for Christian Living, James Earl Jones, Sally Jesse Raphael, and Soledad O'Brien. A number of historic buildings are to be found in Pawling including the John Kane House which served as a headquarters for George Washington while the revolutionary army camped on Purgatory Hill, the Quaker Meeting House on Quaker Hill, and the Akin Library and Museum on Quaker Hill. 
It is a rich joy and blessing to serve The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ the King in Pawling, New York and to serve the community in which God has chosen to place us.
To God alone be all glory through Jesus Christ. 
Pastor Ellingworth