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Welcome Rev. Dr. John Mann!
8/19/2010 7:26 AM


On Wednesday, August 18, we welcomed the Rev. Dr. John Mann (He prefers to be called simply "John.") as interim senior pastor at Gloria Dei.  John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from Clarion State University in Clarion, PA; Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees in pastoral care from Duke University in Durham, NC; and a Doctor of Ministry in pastoral care from the Ohio Theological Consortium at Wittenburg University in Springfield, OH. 

John began his pastoral career as Lutheran campus pastor at Edinboro State University in Edinboro, PA.  He served congregations in Edinboro and in Erie, PA, in both interim and called pastorates.  His ministry has been characterized by a passion for social and urban ministry.  As senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton, OH, where he served from 1992 through 2006, he raised $2 million to fund a food distribution and clothing pantry and offer counseling and preschool services to the urban community in which the church was located.  Most recently, John served as seminary pastor at Luther Seminary in St. Paul for four years.

John values the rich liturgical worship and music traditions of Gloria Dei and its strong preaching and teaching traditions.  He reflects genuine pastoral warmth and a wonderful sense of humor.  He looks forward to getting to know and serve the Gloria Dei community.

Welcome, John!