Many thanks to Pastor Roy Stetler for serving our Parish the past 11 years!! We will miss you, but have many fond memories of your time with us!! We pray for you as you begin a new calling at Quickel Lutheran!! Take care and God bless you!!
OUR PASTOR - Rev. Roy Stetler
Pastor Roy Stetler was ordained on August 8, 2008 and began serving at Faith United Lutheran Parish on August 10, 2008. His last official service with us was Sunday, September 15, 2019.
Rev. Roy Stetler
Roy Stetler received his undergraduate degree from Messiah Collage, Grantham, PA and his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and took six Lutheran classes at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Roy was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dillsburg, PA. He is married to Gail Stetler and is the father of three children and two step-children. His ordination sponsor was the Rev. Patrick Rooney, pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, York, PA.
As of February 1, 2018, the parish has entered into a 50/50 sharing relationship with Mt Zion Lutheran of Lewisberry for as long as they contract with the parish for my services as their interim pastor. They will pay 50% of my salary and benefits and I will serve them with 50% of my time. I will be at Mt. Zion and Barren's each week for worship. Otherwise, the relationship will be very similar to the previous sharing of the churches in the parish. Three weeks into the sharing, all is well. The challenge is for me to learn all the cultural details and names which have become second nature after nearly 10 years with the parish. Gladly, the people of Mt. Zion are as generous and welcoming as the people of the parish! I am making time for those who are in the hospital, for the homebound, for funerals and weddings, and pastoral care conversations along the way which help me lead and preach more effectively. I am now serving 4 churches (recall that St. John’s Franklin and Emmanuel still pay a monthly fee to the parish for pastoral care services) so it is necessary for everyone to be involved in the ministry. I cannot do it alone. Never have, never will. Fortunately, all of our churches are active in sharing the opportunities of visiting, helping, and caring. That is what this is all about. We are the Body of Christ! I am only a part. Without you, none of this is possible, none of this makes sense; but with you all things are possible and all of this makes perfect sense. Of course, it is the Spirit of Christ who makes all things possible, but recall that you are the body of Christ! God bless you all. I am grateful to serve you and be served by you in love. --Pastor Roy
We surprised Pastor Roy August 19, 2018 after Barren’s worship with a cake, drinks, and cards in celebration of his 10th Anniversary Ordination ministry milestone with our parish.