About Us

About Us

Welcome to St. John’s Lutheran!

You have found our church during an unprecedented time as we navigate ways to worship safely while in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. After many months of vibrant and “folky” parking lot services, 10:30am worship returns to the sanctuary on Sunday, November 1. Worship services will continue to be broadcast via the FM radio station 103.1 for persons who prefer to participate in the parking lot. Sunday School for the children and Confirmation classes will not resume until that time that our public schools resume in-person education. It is our hope that we can all work together to mitigate the spread of this invisible threat, and also stay strong in our faith and community. To read more about the ELCA response to the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit: https://www.elca.org/publichealth. Despite these dark days, we will keep turning toward the light. May our Lord Jesus have mercy on us and the whole world.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran has a long history in Palmerton, PA. Founded in 1798, St. John’s is the oldest church in the Palmerton area. The stately brick building was built in 1862 and stands as an icon in the community with its traditional red doors. But the real beauty is inside with its full balcony, refurbished mural, and historical stained glass windows. Beyond the building, the church at its foundation is its people, and we are a congregation who celebrate our faith through community and music, but at the same time acknowledge the difficulties of life and seek peace, comfort, and forgiveness through Christ. St. Johns is led by Pastor Jody Neifert, whose inspiration has led the church for more than three decades with humor, humility, and his guitar! Learn more about Pastor Jody and his role at St. John’s. The teaching or theology of the Lutheran Church serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.  Learn more about the Evangelical Lutheran church (ELCA) including podcasts, videos, and information about ELCA teachings, global outreach and Martin Luther, from their website. Our Sunday services are at 10:30 weekly, and are typically one hour long. At this service, you will find a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, with music on our vibrant Allan organ, beautiful grand piano, and Pastor Jody on guitar!

New to church? Never fear! While we do have a traditional ‘liturgy’ that gives structure to our service, we  make our services as accessible as possible with everything written out in the bulletin. Learn more about our services and what you might expect when you visit.