Reverend Drew Stockstill
I am the pastor of Christ Lutheran Church and it is an honor to serve in this wonderful community. Building diverse communities of healing and hope is what Jesus showed us how to do and at Christ Lutheran that is what we do. Being part of God's mission work has been my passion in ministry and that is why I was drawn to this congregation, where the mission of providing vital, basic health services almost every day of the week is what enables us to worship. I also strongly believe in belonging to communities where the diversity of humanity is honored and so value the cultural diversity and inclusion reflected in this authentic church.
In addition to serving as pastor at Christ Church, I am also a Chaplain in the Navy Reserve.
It is a joy to worship with my whole family at Christ Church because we feel such a welcoming and loving presence in this community. My spouse, Dr. Ellen Stockstill, Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Harrisburg, and our two young daughters love being a part of this church.
Before I became the pastor at Christ Church, I served for almost two years as Director of Health Ministries alongside my predecessor, Pastor Emerita, Rev. Jody Silliker, prior to her retirement.
I am a 2008 graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. I am a 2012 graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary,where I achieved a Master of Divinity.
In 2012 I was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). I remain a Presbyterian and am an active member of Carlisle Presbytery. I serve Christ Lutheran as part of the Full Communion Partnership between the ELCA and PC(USA). I am grateful for the invitation from the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA to be a rostered pastor and serve a Lutheran congregation.
Before being called to Christ Church, I was the Associate Pastor at Morningside Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta, Georgia; Presbyterian Campus Minister at Emory University and Agnes Scott College; and worked with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Kenya through The Outreach Foundation.
We LOVE Harrisburg. We live in the Uptown neighborhood and love walking along the river, hiking in the hills and parks around the city, hanging out at the Broad Street Market and the bookstore, eating some of the best food around in Allison Hill, and celebrating all this unique and resilient community has to offer. We are grateful for the way Harrisburg has opened its arms to us and we are honored to live and serve here.
I look forward to meeting you!