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                            Our Pastor

The Rev. Jack R. Whritenour (b. 1971) has been pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ in Rosedale, New York and Headmaster of Christ Lutheran School since 2015. He graduated with an M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia and was ordained in 1998.  He is a member of the Society of the Holy Trinity.  He is also a professional organist who holds  a B. mus. Ed. from The College of New Jersey. Pastor Jack has a passion for preaching the Word of God, and for liturgy, sacred music, Christian education, and evangelization.  Please feel free to call or e-mail if you'd like to meet Pastor Jack.    

  • Our Beliefs

  • We confess the faith of the Nicene, Apostles' and Athanasian Creeds. Our doctrine is rooted in the Holy Scriptures, and is summed up in the 16th Century Lutheran Confessions contained in the Book of Concord.

  • We believe that the Holy Bible tells us who the true God is and what he has done for us in Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that the Bible contains the Law (which condemns sin) and the Gospel which gives us forgiveness and the promise of new life in Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that we are saved not on account of our works or merits, but on account of what Jesus did for us on the cross.

  • We believe that God accepts us because of our faith in Jesus, and the Holy Spirit gives us the gift of faith when we're baptized, when we hear God's Word proclaimed, and when we receive the Lord's Supper.

  • We believe that good works naturally follow true faith in Christ, but we do not trust in them for our salvation. We trust the work of Jesus for us.

  • Since God's grace is a free and unearned gift, we believe that infants should be baptized.

  • We believe that Jesus' true living body and blood are really and truly in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper (or Mass, Eucharist, Holy Communion).

  • We believe that ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament are necessary to the Church.

  • We believe that the Church exists wherever God's people gather around the Word and Sacraments of God.

  • We believe in both individual confession of sins (for those who desire it) and corporate confession.

  • We believe that Christian liturgy should be in the language of the people and all God's people should participate in it.

  • We love Mary and the saints, and we strive to follow their example in response to God's grace, but when we pray, we pray to God alone, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • We believe in being good citizens and taking an active part in government and other worldly affairs for the sake of peace and prosperity. We pay taxes, hold political offices, and fight in just wars.

  • We believe that we are called by God to live out the Christian life in our various callings: parenting, career, as employer, as employee, etc. All Christians are priests because we are all called to share God's Word and offer our lives in sacrificial love for the good of our neighbor.

  • We believe that we are not a break away group or a sect, but part of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church which was founded by Christ and will remain forever.