Welcome to my blog!! My name is Joe McGarry and I am the Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Kensington, CT. Click here to listen to some of my sermons. Click here to watch my sermons on Youtube.
I love my job as a pastor because I believe I am about to live out what God is calling me to do in the world. I serve a multi-generational church and we are able to build important, life giving relationships with one another. Through these relationships we learn our faith story, we connect with one another, we discover our unique gifts which enables us to live our best life.
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I have been a part of the church as long as I can remember. As a child I was active in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland, Vermont as president of the youth group, assisting minister and choir member. As a teenager I joined the staff at Camp Calumet in Freedom, New Hampshire; I was on the summer staff for ten summers.
I participated in various ministries while in college. In 1999 I joined the year round staff at Camp Calumet and was with them for three years. At Calumet I helped plan, and host retreat for churches all around the New England Synod. It was at Calumet that I felt my strongest call to ministry.
I left Calumet in 2002 and joined the staff at Hope Lutheran Church in Reading, Pennsylvania as a Youth Director, After School Director, and Assistant Music Minister.
In 2003 I finished my degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota in Youth Development.
In 2004 I entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. While in seminary I worked as a Youth Director forGood Shepherd Lutheran Church in Southampton, PA and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Telford, PA. I did a year’s internship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Hill, PA under the supervision of The Reverend William Vanderslice. I also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a trauma bay chaplain at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. I graduated from LTSP with a Master’s of Divinity in 2008.
I was called in 2008 to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baldwinsville, New York at their pastor. I spent a little over five and a half years at St. Mark’s. I was involved with many ministries in the church and in the synod including Vanderkamp, Lutheran Campus Ministry at Syracuse University, the Candidacy Committee of the Upstate NY Synod and the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce.
In January 2014 I accepted a call to Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. I began my ministry at Faith on March 9, 2014.
I left Faith in June 2018 and was called to serve Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Kensington, CT as Pastor/Redeveloper. I serve and live with my wife Katie and my two children Logan and Addyson.
In my free time I enjoy watching New England Patriots Football, UCONN football and basketball. I also enjoy playing my guitar and blogging.
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This my personal blog. The opinions that I express here do not necessarily represent those of the church in which I am called, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, the New England Synod or the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The information I provide is my opinion only. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog. I may borrow, beg, steal to get some information but I will do my best in giving credit where credit is due.