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July 2018


Introducing Pastor Jocelyn Johnston


Grace and peace to you!


I am the newest member of the pastoral staff of PLUM, coming on board as a Transitional Interim.  I thought it would be helpful to tell you a little about myself.  I was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, and have been a life-long Lutheran.  Attending Camp Lutherlyn as a youth and working there as a counselor was an important part of both my faith formation and my understanding of my vocation.  I received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Grove City College and worked as a substitute teacher in music for school districts in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  I also held the position of Director of Childrenís and Youth Ministry at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Kittanning, PA.  It was while I was working at St. Johnís that I recognized a call to ordained ministry.  I served my internship year at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beachwood, NJ and received my Master of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now part of United Lutheran Seminary).  I have served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Barnegat Light, NJ and Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeport, PA.  I served the NJ Synod as the Program Coordinator for Confirmation Camp, and as a member of the Hunger Team.  I have served our SWPA Synod as the chair of the Hunger Task Force and the Church in Society Committee, and as a representative on the Policy Council of LAMPa (Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA) and the Lutherlyn Board of Directors (currently in the position of Vice President).  My interests include reading, listening to music and podcasts, dog-sitting, knitting, sewing, cheering on the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates, ice cream, coffee and craft beer, and traveling.  Running is a big part of my life, and I volunteer with a few running organizations in the city.  So far, I have completed nine half-marathons (13.1 miles) and eight full marathons (26.2 miles), and have qualified to run the Boston Marathon next year.!


Thank you for welcoming me into the PLUM community!  I look forward to working with and getting to know all of you!



Pastor Jocelyn




Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773