St John Lutheran Church

God calls St. John's to Worship the Lord, Serve Faithfully and Reach out. Albany, NY
St John Lutheran Church

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160 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12206

(518) 465-7545


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Who We Are

Our mission is WORSHIP THE LORD, SERVE FAITHFULLY, REACH OUT. We are a Reconciling in Christ congregation, REACHING OUT, sharing God’s love and grace, and as such we are dedicated to being Sanctuary (safe-haven) to all God’s people. We welcome all to share in the life and ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, socio-economic or marital status, physical or mental capabilities, or sexual orientation.

About Us

Traditional Liturgy, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Multigenerational, Young families

Community Service, Social Justice, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Choir, Nursery

Traditional Hymns, Organ, A capella

Lutheran (ELCA)





Leadership View all

Paul Rees-Rohrbacher

Pastor Rees-Rohrbacher is a graduate of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio and of The Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. Ordained in 1978, Pastor Paul served St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda, New York and St. James Lutheran Church in Gloversville, New York before coming to Albany in early 1998. He served as the Intentional Interim Pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in the Delaware Avenue neighborhood of Albany. Since September 1999 Pastor Paul has served as the 13th pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. He also enjoys swimming and reading, is one of the Friends of the Albany City Carillon, and is a vice president of the Capital District Computer Enthusiasts. He is one of partners in organizing the annual Carnival on the Hill in the West Hill Neighborhood. Pastor Paul is a past president of the Capital Area Council of Churches and past president of Interfaith Impact of New York State.

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