About Us

About Us

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.

We are excited to announce a contemporary service on the Second Sunday of every month at 7:00pm. Less structured and ecumenical, we will use song and open discussion for praise, contemplation, and community. Click here to learn more!

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