The central message of the Lutheran church is that
God’s love and grace are freely given by God
to all people through Jesus Christ.
Beyond that, being Lutheran means a myriad of things.
Clergy & Staff
Reverend Gladys G. Moore, Pastor
The Rev. Gladys G. Moore has been an ordained Lutheran pastor for 34 years. Prior to her call to St. John’s she served for six years as the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Holyoke College. Before that she served for 16 years as an assistant to Bishop E. Roy Riley of the New Jersey Synod, ELCA. In addition, Pastor Gladys has served three urban congregations (Bethany, Jersey City; St. John’s, Newark; and St. Matthew’s, Jersey City.) She has been a chaplain, preacher, retreat resource person and Bible study leader at many regional, national and international events. Prior to her service as a pastor, Gladys was an elementary school teacher in the William Penn School District in Yeadon, PA.
Pastor Moore was born in Detroit, MI where she spent the first 10 years of her life. After that, Philadelphia was her home. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education West Chester State University; a M.Ed. from Temple University and a M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
To read some of Pastor Moore’s sermons, click here.
Reverend Blake A. Scalet, Pastor
Growing up in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Pastor Scalet felt a call to ministry from a very early age. Before coming to St. John’s in August 2012, he served congregations in Illinois and Connecticut. He graduated with a BA in Theology from Valparaiso University. He completed his seminary studies at Yale Divinity School earning a Master’s of Divinity from YDS in 2011, while concurrently earning a Diploma in Lutheran Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. In 2013, he was awarded a Master’s of Sacred Theology in Worship Studies from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
Pastor Blake is passionate about the ministry and worship life of the parish. Our mission, ministry, stewardship, and evangelism all flow out of the experience of first being poor beggars welcomed to the wedding feast of the lamb—Jesus Christ, our Lord. This is good news!
In his off time, Pastor Blake can often be found playing the piano, visiting a new restaurant, hopping on a train into the city, or taking in a movie with his partner Shai.
Donna Garzinsky, Director of Music
A magna cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College (B.M. in Church Music and Music Education, Organ Principal), Donna Garzinsky also earned an M.A. in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. A life-long church musician with a fondness for handbells and most forms of music, she enjoys composing, cats, travel, photography, Italian food, and gardening in her spare time.
Carolyn moved to New Jersey and joined St. John’s in 1995. She and her husband Craig live in Short Hills with their two daughters. She enjoys the theater, photography, and travel.
Lidia Domanowski, Weekend Sexton
8:00 AM Simpler Early Service
9:00 AM Education Hour for All Ages
10:30 AM Full Choral Liturgy
6:00 PM Dinner Church, Once a Month (as announced)
Childcare is available from 8:00 AM—Noon every Sunday.
In keeping with our emphasis on the presence of Jesus Christ at the center of our worshipping fellowship, Holy Communion is celebrated at all Sunday services.
St. John’s has an open communion policy. Any baptized Christian is welcome at the Lord's table. If you have any questions about the meaning of or participation in Holy Communion, speak with a Pastor at 908-273-3846.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
587 Springfield Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901
St. John’s First 100 Years
The following book was compiled in honor of St. John’s 100 year anniversary in Summit. Please click on the book to read about our first 100 years.