Pastor and Church Staff
About Pastor Scott Klimke
I was born in a village just outside of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Without a doubt, Fond du Lac is not just around the corner from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. For instance, I doubt there are many natives of Johnstown, or of Pennsylvania in general, who have attended an annual, bratwurst festival as I did every year when I was child. But despite the cultural and geographic distance between Johnstown and Fond du Lac, there are some similarities. Historically, Johnstown has been a hardworking, blue collar, salt of the earth kind of place. So has Fond du Lac, where most of my neighbors worked for various, large manufacturers or for one of the local railroads. Growing up in such an environment taught me the value of looking people squarely in the eye and of giving them a firm handshake. It also taught me you’re only as good as your word and that profound wisdom can be found in factories and work yards, as much as it can be found in universities and boardrooms.
After receiving my high school diploma from a Lutheran high school, I began a period of service in the United States Army. I was ultimately mobilized for Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Serving as a medical laboratory technician, I saw and experienced a number of things that very plainly published our need for God. Without God, I quickly concluded, life would be filled with many holes and voids that none of us could ever fill. It was one of the first times in my life when the value of my childhood faith became quite apparent
Shortly after serving our nation during Operation Desert Storm, I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin system. I would spend the first leg of my professional journey in the world of marketing where I helped to raise needed funds for a variety of non-profit organizations. By the end of this phase of my career, I was the chief operating officer of a marketing and fundraising organization in Washington, DC. Earlier on, I had been the director of operations for another marketing and fundraising organization located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I picked up many leadership skills during this chapter in my life. To cite but one example, I came to know and believe that people follow a leader not because of the position he or she holds, but because of the person he or she is.
It was after leaving the marketing and fundraising industry that I decided to enroll in seminary. I eventually graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with honors in both testaments of the Bible and Christian theology. During my seminary years, I met the love of my life, the Reverend Julia Sprenkle, and we were married on June 8, 2002. Like more than a few married persons, I suspect, I have come to know that we human beings are meant for partnership; that we’re better together than we ever will be apart.
Prior to coming to Mt. Calvary, I served Faith Lutheran Church in New Florence, Pennsylvania for five years and St. Luke Lutheran Church in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania for seven years. I have definitely found my place in life. I am more fulfilled today than I ever have been in the past. As an evangelist at heart, it has been exhilarating and exceptionally gratifying to work with congregations who have experienced significant growth in worship attendance and other dimensions of Christian discipleship. Since Jesus has not returned to the grave and the Holy Spirit has not retired to heaven, I expect very similar things to happen at Mt. Calvary and look forward to discovering how each of us can be a part of that process.
Pastor Scott’s office hours will be 10-3 on Tuesday through Thursday. His scheduled day off will be Monday. He will most often work from home on Friday. If you cannot meet Pastor Scott during his office hours, please contact him to schedule another time. Also keep in mind that pastoral emergencies and synodical meetings may occasionally interfere with Pastor Scott’s scheduled office hours.
When pastoral care issues such as hospitalization arise, Pastor Scott should be contacted directly by the person needing care or by a member of their immediate family. Because it’s not always accurate, Pastor Scott will not respond to second hand information.
Pastor Scott can be contacted by calling the church office (266-4859) or email (email@example.com)
About Pastor Jonathan Adams
Growing up in the small town of Delmont, PA, I always felt like our community there straddled an interesting line geographically: travel west and you quickly encounter the suburbs of Pittsburgh and eventually the city itself, but travel east and you are just as quickly surrounded by rural open country and mountains. Having the option to go either direction was something I’ve always appreciated about our region, and it has shaped who I am. I consider myself a Pittsburgher and love the city and everything it has to offer, but I’m a country boy at heart.
It was in high school that I first started really thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. From very early on, I had a holistic view of vocation; I didn’t just want a job, I wanted to do something that would make use of my gifts and passions to meet the needs of the world. It was the summer after my sophomore year when things started to click as I was offered a summer job at the Lutheran church camp I had attended since I was a child. I had no idea that my first summer working in the kitchen would turn into seven summers in a variety of positions, including three as a head counselor.
With an eye toward making a lifelong career out of working at summer camp, I began college at West Virginia University as a “Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources” major. As my interests shifted, I changed my major to Geography with a concentration in urban planning. Throughout my time in college though, I was involved with Lutheran campus ministry, and it was my campus pastor who first suggested that maybe my gifts would be best suited for ministry.
After seminary, my first call was to a rural two-point parish in northern Somerset County. I still serve one of those congregations, Benscreek Lutheran in Thomas Mills, part-time in addition to my part-time responsibilities at Mount Calvary.
My wife Bekah and I live outside Davidsville with our daughter Annabelle and black lab Tebow. We’re big fans of the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates, but especially the WVU Mountaineers. During our free time, you’re likely to bump into us at a variety of community fairs, sporting events, concerts, and festivals because we love supporting our community and exploring all that our area has to offer. And since I never grew out of my childhood fascination with fire trucks and ambulances, you may see me hanging around those, too; I’m currently the fire police captain and an EMT with the Boswell Volunteer Fire Department.
Pastor Jono’s office hours at Mount Calvary are Monday and Wednesday, 10am-3pm. Tuesday and Thursday are generally set aside for his ministry with Benscreek Lutheran Church, and Friday is his scheduled day off. The nature of ministry in general, and in particular the nature of ministry serving two separate congregations means that these days and times are subject to change.
Pastor Jono is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or cellphone at 412-817-6704. His regularly scheduled office hours at Mount Calvary are Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-3pm.
Church Secretary: Sue Cade
Asst. Secretary: Barb Kane
Director of Music/Organist: Dan Gresh
Custodian: Kathy Ling
Maintenance: Bob Kniss