Our Pastor

The Reverend Mark A. Werner serves as Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Elmer, New Jersey since July 1, 2019. Ordained in 1998, Pastor Mark as he prefers to be called, served congregations in Orrstown Parish, Abbottstown and Latrobe (Trauger) Pennsylvania. 

While in the Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA, he served in a variety of ways.  As a member of the Synod’s Evangelism and Outreach Committee, Pastor Mark helped develop the Synod’s Mission Plan.  He served as a Mission Consultant, helping congregations develop their mission statements and plans.  He was the secretary of the Hanover Conference from 2003-2005 before being elected Dean of the Conference in 2005.  Pastor Mark also served as Chair of the Committee of Deans in 2006.

From 2010 until 2013, Pastor Mark served on the Steering Committee for West Penn Lutheran CORE.  Along with St. Paul’s, he joined the North American Lutheran Church in July 2011. 

Since joining the NALC, Mark served in a variety of capacities beyond the congregation. Pastor Mark was a member and recording secretary of the Mid-Northeast Mission District Council. He currently serves on the NALC Disaster Task force, is a member of the board for Sola Publishing and a Mission Connector through the NALC Great Commission Society.

Mark is a 1993 graduate of Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.  He earned his M.Div. degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1998 and a Masters of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) in Biblical Studies from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg in 2006.

Mark and his wife, Amy celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year. She has served on both the National and Mission District WNALC boards. Additionally, she has planned a variety of trips for women to hear inspiring speakers of faith.

Mark and Amy have one son, Jordan. He is working on becoming an Eagle Scout. Jordan plays the trumpet and has his red belt in Taekwondo. Among Mark’s hobbies are cooking, gardening and reading. He is a very passionate Philadelphia sports fan.