Pastor Marc Stutzel
Pastor Marc is blessed to be part of this amazing community here at Christ. Marc grew up outside of Denver, Colorado before attending college at Cornell University and graduating with a degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering. After graduation, Marc moved to New York City where he worked as a freelance web designer, developer, and consultant. His clients ranged from theatre bloggers writing about broadway, local non-profits, and software companies. Spending most of his time in Manhattan and Queens, Marc was able to live out his loves of photography, music (alternative, rock, punk), and travel.
During his time in New York, Marc began to feel God's presence in his life, finding his way to Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Island City at the invitation of his now wife, Kate. With love, grace, and a few pushes along the way, Marc entered seminary. He completed his first year of education at the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia before transferring and receiving his Master of Divinity Degree from the General Theological Seminary of New York. Marc spent his seminary years on the staff of Advent Lutheran Church in New York City in a variety of roles including Director of Youth and Family Ministries and the Director of Communications.
He also served as a delegate to the 2013 Churchwide Assembly, pushing through an amendment to raise $4 million dollars for youth and young adult ministry. Marc also was a co-developer of the Sower's Project, an initiative by the Metropolitan New York Synod to create new and innovative ministries in New York. During his tenure at Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Marc has been the treasurer of the Tri-Boro Food Pantry, active in community events and the Upper Pascack Valley Interfaith Clergy Group, with a focus on worship, bible study, and sharing our stories. He also serves on the New Jersey Synod's communication team, attended two Churchwide Youth Gatherings (Detroit and Houston), helped organized the NJ Synod Day at the gathering in Houston, and is a member of the committee that oversees people who are discerning their call as pastors and deacons. Telling stories about Jesus, God, ourselves, and how we see (or don't see) the work of God in our lives, are major themes in his ministry. Jesus is present, God is with us, and everyone's story matters!
Marc comes to the Christ's family with his own family that includes three kids, Oliver, George, and Violet. All three love worship, holding the bulletin on Sunday morning, and filling the sanctuary with their presence. They can't wait to hear you join them in song too!
Please contact the church office at anytime for any and all of your pastoral needs.